DNA(LOCAL) - PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL: EVALUATION OF TEACHERS
Note: This local policy has been revised in accordance with the District's innovation plan.
The District shall appraise teachers using the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) in accordance with law, the District's innovation plan, and administrative regulations.
In accordance with the District's innovation plan, the District is exempt from the provisions in state law requiring the use of state-mandated assessment scores as one of the evaluation measures for teachers.
The Board shall approve a list of certified appraisers who can appraise a teacher in place of the teacher's supervisor.
District teachers shall be appraised annually.
Teachers who are eligible for less frequent evaluations in accordance with law [see DNA(LEGAL)] and the local criteria established in this policy shall be appraised in accordance with the provisions below.
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements in state rules, to be eligible for less-than-annual evaluations under the T-TESS, a teacher shall be employed on an educator term contract.
Eligible teachers shall be appraised every three years.
During any school year when a complete appraisal is not scheduled for an eligible teacher, either the teacher or the principal may require that an appraisal be conducted by providing written notice to the other party.
A teacher's supervisor shall have the authority to return a teacher to the traditional appraisal cycle as a result of performance deficiencies documented in accordance with state rule.
Annual Review Process
In the years in which a T-TESS appraisal is not scheduled for an eligible teacher, the teacher shall participate in an annual review process that includes the elements listed in state rule.
The annual review process shall produce a written document to be presented to the teacher, signed by the teacher and supervisor, and maintained in the personnel file.