DNA(LOCAL) - PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL: EVALUATION OF TEACHERS
The District shall appraise teachers using the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) in accordance with law and administrative regulations.
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 or continuing contract;
Hold SBEC certification;
Be assigned in his or her certification area; and
Have been employed by the District for at least three years.
Eligible teachers shall be appraised every three years if the teacher has three to ten years of service with the District and every four years if the teacher has 11 or more years of service with the District.
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.