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.