Houston Matters

Teacher Evaluations Back in Spotlight

Last month, the Association of Professional Educators announced a petition to challenge the state’s planned updated appraisal system tying teacher evaluation scores to student performance on standardized tests. That announcement followed a lawsuit brought by the Texas State Teachers Association, seeking to invalidate part of the new evaluation system being planned by Texas Education Commissioner […]

Last month, the Association of Professional Educators announced a petition to challenge the state’s planned updated appraisal system tying teacher evaluation scores to student performance on standardized tests. That announcement followed a lawsuit brought by the Texas State Teachers Association, seeking to invalidate part of the new evaluation system being planned by Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. Critics say Morath’s rules for the T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) violate state law and the Texas Constitution.  The new evaluations are set to take effect July 1st.

We learn more about T-TESS and the planned changes. We welcome your questions and comments for Clay Robison from the Texas State Teachers Association. (We also share a statement from the Texas Education Agency). Then we discuss teacher evaluation systems with Dr. Linda McSpadden McNeil, Professor of Education at Rice University.

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