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Teacher Evaluation System

Teacher Evaluation System

The 2011 Arkansas General Assembly introduced and passed legislation to standardize comprehensive evaluation and support for licensed educators and non-licensed teachers employed in public charter schools under a waiver of teacher licensure requirements granted by the State Board of Education in the schools’ charters. TESS provides statutory direction for reform of teacher and leader evaluation systems. Rules and regulations promulgated as a result of this legislation will provide districts with a blueprint to operationalize a standardized valid and reliable evaluation and support system focused on professional growth of educators as measured by professional practice as well as student growth and achievement. This evaluation and support system, coupled with Arkansas’s longitudinal data system teacher / student link, will provide state, district and school educators with essential feedback to ensure College and Career Ready (CCR) access and achievement for all Arkansas students.

As stated in Arkansas’s Annotated Code Section 6-17-2802, the Arkansas General Assembly intended to promote the following objectives through TESS:

  • Provide school districts a transparent and consistent teacher evaluation system that ensures effective teaching and promotes professional learning
  • Provide feedback and a support system that will encourage teachers to improve their knowledge and instructional skills in order to improve student learning
  • Provide a basis for making teacher employment decisions
  • Provide an integrated system that links evaluation procedures with curricular standards, professional development activities, targeted support and human capital decisions
  • Encourage highly effective teachers to undertake challenging assignments
  • Support teachers’ roles in improving students’ educational achievements
  • Inform policymakers regarding the benefits of a consistent evaluation and support system in regard to improving student achievement across the state
  • Increase the awareness of parents and guardians of students concerning the effectiveness of teachers

*from the ADE site


Danielson Framework for Teaching - The Danielson Group

The Framework for Teaching is a research-based set of components of instruction, aligned to the INTASC standards, and grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching. The complex activity of teaching is divided into 22 components (and 76 smaller elements) clustered into four domains of teaching responsibility:

  1. Planning and Preparation
  2. Classroom Environment
  3. Instruction
  4. Professional Responsibilities

Each component defines a distinct aspect of a domain; two to five elements describe a specific feature of a component. Levels of teaching performance (rubrics) describe each component and provide a roadmap for improvement of teaching.

*from The Danielson Group site