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SCS Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model

TEAM Evaluation Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers

  1. Who is our key contact for Evaluations?
    Karen Jackson, Evaluation Specialist, will be key contact for all items related to the new evaluation process. She can be reached via email at or by phone at 321-2535.

  2. What is the benefit of the TEAM evaluation?
    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 teacher need.

  3. 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.

  4. How many 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.

  5. What if I’m in a non-traditional teaching situation? How will I be evaluated?
    If the 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.

  6. How can teachers view their observation data?
    Teachers will be able to view their evaluation data through OASYS once uploaded by the administrator and the Post-Conference has taken place.

  7. How can we ensure that teachers get trained?
    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.

  8. Who can serve as an evaluator in a school?
    For SCS, 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Can teachers access the NIET Best Practices Portal for professional development?
    Yes, this 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 Safari is recommended when accessing this site.

  12. How does the new TEAM evaluation intersect with the tenure legislation?
    Under 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.

  13. How 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 domains.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 individuals.

  16. Can an electronic copy of the Teacher Observation Report with scores and Reinforcement/Refinement Objectives suffice for a hard copy with signature?
    An electronic 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.

  17. 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 year.

  18. How will 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.