Teacher Appraisal Pilot Update

Author:  Lauralee Pankonien, Senior Coordinator for Certification Administration

Pilot Background

In April 2012 the Texas Education Agency (TEA) asked eligible campuses to indicate their interest in a pilot project for teacher appraisal.  Working in partnership with TEA, Education Service Center Region 13 requested proposals from vendors able to provide a rigorous, validated appraisal model for the purposes of the pilot.  Ultimately two appraisal models were chosen to be piloted:  the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Appraisal Rubric and the Framework for Teaching developed by Charlotte Danielson and supported by the Teachscape organization.  Each organization committed to implement and support a teacher evaluation model in approximately 50 campuses during the 2012-2013 school year, and to provide campus-based training to users of the system.

Current Status

Teachscape and NIET have trained all pilot campus teachers and appraisers and are currently supporting the appraisers in completing certification requirements and initiating the implementation of the full appraisal process.  Representatives from the 20 Regional Education Service Centers have received training in both the NIET model and the Framework for Teaching.

Currently, 83 campuses across Texas are participating in the pilot, including many School Improvement Grant, or Texas Title One Priority (TTIPS), schools which are achieving compliance with their grant requirements by implementing an alternative evaluation system to the Professional Development Appraisal System.  The Gibson Consulting Group is collecting data for project evaluation, and plans are in the works to continue a second year of the pilot in 2013-2014.

All current pilot campuses have been encouraged to continue in year two, and additional schools may be added.  Priority will be given to volunteer schools from currently participating districts.  Both appraisal systems will continue to be used in the second year of the pilot and any new hires to returning schools will be trained by NIET and Teachscape staff.  Returning schools will be provided additional professional development.  Pilot participation is at no cost to pilot schools.

Next Steps

Following analysis of project evaluation data, TEA will determine dates for a Revision of the Commissioner’s Rules on Educator Appraisal and, eventually, a statewide rollout of a new or revised teacher appraisal system.  If you have questions regarding the pilot or are interested in volunteering your campus to become part of the pilot in 2013-2014, please contact Lauralee Pankonien at lauralee.pankonien@esc13.txed.net .

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