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Teacher Appraisal Pilot Update

Friday, March 29th, 2013

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 .

Appraisals and Walkthroughs: Considertions for This Point in the Year

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Now that we have had a great start to our school year, what have you been doing for your teachers and their appraisals?  At this point you and the other appraisers should have completed multiple walkthroughs for every teacher on campus.  Formal appraisals should be well underway, along with help for your teachers who have been identified as needing more assistance.  As the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) approaches, what do you need to look for in the classroom to insure success?

  • Look for student engagement.  Are students authentically engaged, compliant, or not engaged in the lesson?  Know what each level of engagement looks like before entering the classroom.
  • Listen to the questioning and discussions in the classroom.  Are high level questions and answers routinely being use by both teacher and students? Are students justifying their responses? Are teachers giving support for use of academic language?  (For example, are they providing sentence stems such as “The most important thing about _____ is_____ because _________.” Or “_________ is not an example of ___________ because it doesn’t have ________.”)
  • What evidence do you see of adjustment to instruction based on what
  • When you view weekly lesson plans, are they aligned with the state standards, and are you seeing that same alignment in the classroom instruction?
  • Do the teachers know what you are looking for in the classroom?  Make sure they know up front, and then let them know when you are and aren’t seeing it.

Of course, just because the formal appraisal has been completed, your support for the teachers is not finished.  Looking for best practices by means of consistent walkthroughs in every classroom on campus will occur throughout the school year.