|(a) All school districts have two choices in selecting
a method to appraise teachers: a teacher appraisal system recommended
by the commissioner of education or a local teacher appraisal system.
(b) The commissioner's recommended teacher appraisal
system, the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS),
was developed in accordance with the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.351.
(c) The superintendent of each school district, with
the approval of the school district board of trustees, may select
the T-TESS. Each school district or campus wanting to select or develop
an alternative teacher appraisal system must follow the TEC, §21.352,
and §150.1007 of this title (relating to Alternatives to the
Commissioner's Recommended Appraisal System).
(d) The commissioner may designate a regional education
service center to serve as the T-TESS certification provider for the
state. The designated regional education service center may collect
appropriate fees under the TEC, §8.053, from school districts
and open-enrollment charter schools for training and certification.
(e) Sections 150.1002 through 150.1006 of this title
apply only to the T-TESS and not to local teacher appraisal systems.
(f) The statutorily required components of teacher
appraisal are defined as follows.
(1) The implementation of discipline management procedures
is the teacher's pedagogical practices that produce student engagement
and establish the learning environment.
(2) The performance of teachers' students is how the
individual teacher's students progress academically in response to
the teacher's pedagogical practice as measured at the individual teacher
level by one or more student growth measures.