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T-TESS AND THE SLO PILOT

The overall T-TESS process is designed to support teachers in their professional development and help them grow and improve as educators. It is being piloted by approximately 60 districts in the 2014-2015 school year, will be implemented as a refined system in the 2015-2016 school year in approximately 200 districts, and is scheduled to be rolled out statewide in the 2016-2017 school year.

T-TESS has two measures of teacher effectiveness:

  • T-TESS Rubric (based on four domains of practice)
  • Student Growth

Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are one of four options to measure student growth for the system. (The other options include a value-added measure for teachers in tested subjects in grades 5 through End-of-Course exams (EOCs); portfolios; and district-level pre- and post-tests.) Districts can choose more than one of those measures, provided that there is consistency throughout the district for a particular grade and subject.

What are SLOs?

SLOs are long-term goals for student learning crafted by teachers and administrators. Often in teams with peer, school and district support, teachers analyze data to determine student needs and devise instructional strategies to meet those needs and improve learning.

The SLO process strives to bring together the varied pedagogical considerations a teacher juggles throughout the year – curriculum, instruction, assessment, adjustment, and evaluation. The SLO process encourages and prompts continual reflection and self-assessment so that teachers can focus on aligning curriculum, instruction, and student performance.

TEA has developed a framework for SLO implementation, including recommended policies and procedures, and will engage participating districts in conversations to refine the framework throughout the pilot period.

What about the pilot?

The pilot will encompass more than 30 districts who will implement SLOs beginning in the fall of 2015. Site-based leadership teams will be training in the SLO process over the summer and will receive ongoing support throughout the pilot year from the ESCs and additional professional development opportunities. Participating districts will have an opportunity to customize some aspects of the process to the local context and shape recommendations for further refinements to the process.

For additional information, please visit the resources page.

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY

T-TESS is supported by the following staff from the Texas Education Agency. These staff members have been involved in designing the SLO plan from the initial stages, which began more than a year and half ago. At that time, a group of educators from across the state were convened to review and adapt nationwide practices to a model that would best fit Texas educators. These staff members will continue to support the process throughout the pilot year and beyond.

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TIM REGAL

Educator Leadership and Quality

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VIVIANA LOPEZ

Educator Leadership and Quality

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LORI EINFALT, ED.D.

Educator Leadership and Quality

PARTNERS

The Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) and Conaway Consulting are collaborating with TEA to provide technical assistance, including training and ongoing professional development in the SLO process and implementation. During more than 15 years of experience leading, planning and training on SLOs, CTAC has assisted nearly 20 states, reaching several thousand schools districts.

Conaway Consulting, Inc. is a professional services firm with a ten-year history of providing technical assistance services to Texas public schools. Conaway Consulting has a staff of successful professionals with experience in school administration, service with the Texas Education Agency, Regional Education Service Centers, Charter Schools and Independent School Districts.

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BILL SLOTNIK

Executive Director, CTAC

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JEFF EDMISON

Project Director, CTAC

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SUSAN KIRKENDOL

Project Manager, CTAC

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DEBBIE CONAWAY

President, Conaway Consulting