Tennessee - Educator Performance Evaluation: Educator Evaluation Policy

Educator Evaluation Policy
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The State Department of Education has authority over educator assessments.


Required by law as part of its Race to the Top application, Tennessee was one of the first states in the nation to implement a comprehensive, outcomes-based evaluation system. The Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) requires that 40-50% of annual educator evaluations are based on student performance measures. The Tennessee Teaching Evaluation Enhancement Act (Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-1-302) adjusts the current weighting of student growth data in an educator’s evaluation to lessen the evaluation score impact of new assessments in English language arts and math (called TNReady), as well as social studies and science. The Act provides a phase-in approach for how TNReady assessments administered in school years 2015-16 through 2017-18 will be weighted in an educator’s evaluation, due to the testing transition from the TCAP assessment to TNReady. Following the 2017-18 school year, weighting will revert to the original weightings outlined below. Local Evaluation of Teachers, Principals and Non-Instructional, Certified Staff (Original Weightings). Fifty percent of the evaluation criteria shall be comprised of student achievement data, including thirty-five percent based on student growth data and fifteen percent based on other measures of student achievement. The remaining fifty percent of the evaluation criteria shall be based on a rating using the qualitative appraisal instrument contained in each approved evaluation model.

Adopting Authority: 
State Department of Education
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State Department of Education
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