Who is our key contact for Evaluations?
Jackson, Evaluation Specialist, will be key
contact for all items related to the new
evaluation process. She can be reached via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone
What is the benefit of the
The Tennessee Educator Acceleration
Model or TEAM is designed to promote teacher
growth through a series of observations (formative
assessments), providing evidence-based, specific
feedback after each observation to support
ongoing, job-embedded, student learning centered
professional growth opportunities. TEAM focuses
on the areas of Planning, Instruction, Environment,
and Professionalism. This model was chosen
for the elements of continuous improvement,
providing more and better feedback to teachers
through identifying and recognizing exceptional
teacher practices, as well as, individual
What is the difference in
TAP & TEAM?
TAP (Teacher Advancement Program) is a research-based
system for teacher and student advancement.
TEAM (Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model)
is the TAP model with rubrics modified for
the state of Tennessee. The TAP model was
chosen because of the research that correlates
the reliable utilization of the evaluation
rubric to increased student performance and
achievement. It was also chosen because of
the resources provided to support this model.
observations are required of SCS teachers?
If the teacher holds a TN Professional license,
then they will require a minimum of 4 observations.
If the teacher holds a TN Apprentice license,
they will require a minimum of 6 observations.
What if I’m in a non-traditional
teaching situation? How will I be evaluated?
person works with students, he or she can
be observed, whether it is with a large group,
small group, or individual. The TEAM rubric
in the handbook is the one to be used. It
will be necessary in some of these cases
to adapt the use of the rubric. Some evidence
bullets may not apply, but the general indicators
of the rubric are still important.
teachers view their observation data?
will be able to view their evaluation data
through OASYS once uploaded by the administrator
and the Post-Conference has taken place.
How can we ensure that teachers
Two PD credits that focus on Evaluation
Training are required in 2011-2012. In
order to receive a full day’ pay,
teachers must complete the training. Evaluation
administrators for each school will receive
training from the Evaluation Specialist
and PIT Crew, and will then redeliver training
to the faculty. Training will need to be
documented through MLP sign-in sheets using
the MLP process. An extra copy of the training
sign-in sheets should also be housed at
the building level.
serve as an evaluator in a school?
all certified TEAM administrators and PIT
Crew members will be available for observations.
Curriculum Specialist will be available
for observations on an “as needed” basis.
Specialists’ observation services
must be requested through the appropriate
Curriculum Director. Title I Facilitators
will also be trained and certified to support
observation needs in the Title I schools.
What is required
to be certified as an evaluator with the
new TEAM evaluation?
Every administrator, specialist,
PIT Crew member, and facilitator will be
required to participate in a rigorous 4 day
training provided by TAP. At the end of this
training, each participant is required to
pass an online assessment consisting of observing
and rating a teacher via video and answering
multiple questions pertaining to the evaluation
process to be certified. Certification documentation
should be sent to the Evaluation Specialist.
How timely should feedback
be provided to teachers after an observation?
TEAM is designed for observations to be formative
assessments for teachers in order to promote
professional growth. Therefore, teachers
should receive observation feedback within
a week or 5 school days. Ample time should
also be allotted between observations to
allow for teacher growth.
Can teachers access the NIET Best Practices
Portal for professional development?
system is designed to be transparent. Teachers
will be able to view the rubrics, videos,
and other professional growth resources provided
by the National Institute for Excellence
in Teaching Best Practices Portal at www.nietbestpractices.org.
Safari is recommended when accessing this
How does the new TEAM evaluation
intersect with the tenure legislation?
the new tenure legislation, teachers become
eligible for tenure if they have taught for
at least 5 years in the same LEA and have
attained a rating score of 4 or 5 in each
of the previous 2 years. Teachers who are
not rating in the top two rating categories
may continue to teach on their current contract
status even though they have not become eligible
for tenure. A teacher who currently has tenure,
or is granted tenure by July 1, 2011, will
not lose tenure status under this new legislation.
will the final evaluation score be calculated?
All four domains are included, and the final
score on the qualitative side is the mean
score of the indicators observed over the
course of the year. This is not a weighted
formula, but multiple observations are required
using the instruction rubric indicators which
would weight instruction more heavily than
the other domains. The professionalism indicators
are calculated along with the other three
How does the TEAM model impact
Highly Qualified Status?
This model of evaluation
can be used of the matrix for HOUSSE, just
as in the past. This is going to go before
the State Board.
What are the observation
requirements for a teacher taking a semester
of sick leave?
If a teacher works 120 days
or fewer in the school year, he or she is
not required to be evaluated using the state
system. However, the district may have their
own policy regarding evaluation of these
Can an electronic copy of
the Teacher Observation Report with scores
and Reinforcement/Refinement Objectives
suffice for a hard copy with signature?
copy of the Teacher Observation Report that
can be retrieved and includes the ability
to have an electronic acceptance will suffice
for a hard copy of the report with signature.
How will observers be trained?
All observers will be trained directly by
expert trainers in a four-day training
session. At the end of the four days, observers
will be required to pass a certification
test; additional refresher trainings and
support will also be provided throughout
the state ensure that the observation system
is implemented fairly?
First, only principals,
assistant principals, and other instructional
leaders who have been trained and who have
passed a certification test on the observation
rubric may conduct observations. Second,
the state will provide guidance to ensure
consistent scoring and calculations. Most
importantly, the state will analyze the
observation implementation and results
each year to ensure that the right training
and guidance is provided to continuously
improve the observation system. Survey
data, focus groups, and the data from the
observations will be used to make the system
better each year.