Department of Teacher Evaluations and Licensure
Welcome to Teacher Evaluations and Licensure. Here, you will find procedures and links on the evaluation system, as well as information on maintaining and advancing of teachers' licenses.
Level of Effectiveness Formula
All full time, certified teachers will receive a level of effectiveness score at the end of each school year. This overall evaluation score includes both qualitative and quantitative measures of teaching quality. The three components of the evaluation are observations, achievement, and growth. These three components come together to comprise an educator’s overall Level of Effectiveness (LOE) score. Educators receive an LOE score ranging from 1 to 5, with a score of 3 being ‘at expectations’. A score of 5 is considered 'significantly above expectations'.
Component 1: Achievement
The State Board of Education has approved options for teachers and principals for the 15 percent achievement measure component that reflects those measures that showed a relationship to student growth and that could be returned in a timely manner. Teachers will meet with their principals early in the school year to choose a 15 percent measure and set clear and rigorous goals. For a list of approved options - Achievement Measure Worksheet
Component 2: Growth
For teachers with individual value-added scores, the growth measure shall be comprised of TVAAS scores. For teachers, librarians, counselors and other groups of educators who do not have individual TVAAS scores, districts will choose from a list of options that have been shown capable of measuring student growth. The list of options is approved by the Department of Education prior to the start of each school year.
Component 3: Observations
Project COACH is a collaborative coaching model based on brief, unannounced observations. These observations take place over the course of the year, and each observation is followed up with a feedback conference focused on actionable steps.
The number and length of observations a teacher receives is based upon the type of licensure, along with the annual level of effectiveness (LOE) score of the individual. See the file - "Observation Requirements".
At the beginning of each year, teachers will complete a self-assessment within the T-EVAL website. This assessment will be used to self-identify areas of strength as well as areas for professional growth. The building level administrator will use the self-assessment as a guide to begin the conversation and develop observational benchmarks for the year. Together, the teacher and administrator will formulate a strategy for instructional growth, using observations for support and documentation. Feedback conversations will guide the process to ensure that all stakeholders are accountable and focused on the professional growth of the teacher.
At the end of each year, the teacher and principal will meet for a summative conference. Observational data and feedback conversations from the year will be used to summarize and analyze teacher growth. Areas of strength and areas for growth will be discussed, and a professional development plan will be created for the following year. A summative score will be converted to a 1-5 scale and will serve as the qualitative portion of the teacher's LOE score.
For a detailed summary of the Project COACH model, see the file - "Project COACH Overview".
The T-EVAL website is the tool used for Project COACH documentation of observations. Each teacher will have an account that allows viewing of observation notes from the administrator. It also serves as a forum for feedback, communication and notation.
Once an observation is recorded into T-EVAL, the teacher will receive an email notifying them that an observation is ready for view. After the teacher opens and reviews the observation, they will have the opportunity to add comments and/or feedback.
If you need assistance with login to the T-EVAL site, email Robert Brittingham at email@example.com
The TNCompass website houses all evaluation and licensure data for teachers. Every teacher must have an active TNCompass account. To setup an account, follow the link to the homepage and click "Register Now".
It is the teacher's responsibility to monitor their license for renewal and advancement. Please see the TDOE website for information.
To renew a practitioner license, an educator must complete an approved educator preparation program and submit passing scores on all required content and pedagogical assessments.
To advance from a practitioner license to professional license, teachers must have three years of experience, and have documentation of 30 professional development points (PDPs).
To renew a professional license, and educator must submit 60 professional development points (PDPs).
Want more information on how to earn PDP Points? Go to TDOE Professional Development Points