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Educator Evaluation

Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL)

Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) is organized to facilitate participants' recognition of the connections and relationships between and among the major functions or strands of school leadership, thus the emergence of five conceptual themes:

  • Creating Positive School Culture
  • Establishing and Sustaining Vision, Mission, and Goals
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Improving Instruction
  • Managing Data and Processes

The seven strands align to the principal standards established by TEA. As compared to the five conceptual themes of AEL, the strands are a more discreet articulation of what successful school leaders must know and be able to do:

  • Team Building
  • Effective Conferencing
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Goal Setting
  • Data Gathering and Analysis
  • Teacher Coaching and Mentoring
  • Curriculum and Instruction


Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS)  

What is T-TESS?

T-TESS strives to capture the holistic nature of teaching – the idea that a constant feedback loop exists between teachers and students, and gauging the effectiveness of teachers requires a consistent focus on how students respond to their teacher’s instructional practices. For those reasons, each of the observable domains in T-TESS focuses on teachers and students rather than separating them out into separate domains. Ultimately, T-TESS is a process that seeks to develop habits of continuous improvement, and the process itself best leads to that outcome when appraisers and teachers focus on evidence-based feedback and professional development decisions based on that feedback through ongoing dialogue and collaboration.

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Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS)

The Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS) gives principals the guidance they need to chart their own course for professional growth and development. At the same time, it helps principal appraisers guide that growth using clear appraisal guidelines that nurture ongoing improvement, systematically support performance, identify performance strengths and support gaps, and provide constructive feedback.

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