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Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model
Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, all certified educators will receive annual evaluations as required under Tennessee’s First to the Top Act. The state’s new system will include multiple measures for looking at performance and will provide a way to individualize both support and recognition for educators. Furthermore, like the reflective practices this new system will promote for educators, the state is committed to reflecting on and refining the new evaluation system through feedback loops and careful study during year one and over time.
Educator evaluations will be made up of three components: 50% will be observation data; 35% will be a student growth score; 15% will be student achievement data selected by the educator and his/her supervisor from a list of state board approved options. The new system is fair and defensible because of the “multiple measures” inherent to the system. There is no single factor that will drive the overall evaluation.
TEAM Evaluation Process
The three components (35% growth, 15% student achievement and 50% observation), will be combined into a single rating on a 5-category scale. Each teacher will receive a final score on this scale.
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Under the state model, all educators except administrators will be observed by principals, assistant principals or other instructional leaders trained in the observation protocol. All observers will use the TAP™ rubric, which focuses on four areas: Planning, Environment, Professionalism, and Instruction.
The selection of the TAP™ rubric came down to two important factors: research and resources. The TDOE has chosen to use the TAP™ rubric, developed by the National Institute on Excellence in Teaching (NIET), as the state model for the 50% observation component based on positive field test results, research that links the instrument to increases in student achievement, and the capacity that TAP™ has to provide expert trainers for high-quality direct training and certification of all observers and evaluators statewide. Furthermore, teachers in all schools will have access to the NIET Best Practices Training portal, containing a host of scored lesson videos and linked instructional strategies, which we hope will be a helpful resource for both evaluators and teachers.
All teachers on professional licenses will be observed four times annually, with two observations occurring in each semester and at least half of all observations unannounced. Apprentice teachers will be observed six times annually, three in each semester and at least half unannounced.
Because the observation component is closely aligned with everyday classroom instruction, the TEAM system will be developmentally focused. The multiple observations provide the opportunity for support and growth based on interim feedback. The evaluation system is now formative, rather than a summative “autopsy” with no opportunities for improvement.
|Last Updated: 10/23/11|