Evaluation Process

The T-PESS process incorporates a series of actions and activities that should be applied on an ongoing basis. While the T-PESS process results in your annual summary assessment, it's better to think of it as an annual process of activities that help you self-assess, establish performance goals, collect and analyze information, and provide constructive feedback, improving your quality and effectiveness as the school leader.


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Each school year, districts will conduct an orientation for all principals. At this orientation, you will receive a complete set of materials outlining the evaluation process, what is expected for your participation, an explanation of the timeline, and how your performance will be measured. By the end of orientation, you should be thoroughly familiar with T-PESS and all of the materials associated with it, including definitions and forms.

Self-Assessment and Goal Setting

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Using the T-PESS rubric, you will complete a Self-Assessment that provides the opportunity for you to reflect on your ability to fulfill the Texas Principal Standards. In addition, the Self-Assessment helps you reflect on the challenges presented by your Campus Improvement Plans and how you'll address them, while also helping you set professional growth goals.

Beginning-Of-Year Conference

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The Beginning-of-Year Goal Setting / Refinement Conference provides the opportunity for you and the appraiser to discuss several critical topics, including your Self-Assessment results, performance improvement goals, and alignment to the Campus Improvement Plans and district strategic priorities. It is good practice for the appraiser to run through a goal-setting process with you using the T-PESS rubric, considering the current context of your school, community, and performance. Together, you will agree on the data, evidence, and documentation applicable to your goals, so you can collect this throughout the evaluation cycle.

School Site Visits/ Informal Assessment

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On an ongoing basis, your appraiser should visit your school to conduct informal meetings that add to their context and understanding of your performance.

Mid-Year Conference

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This Mid-Year Conference with your appraiser will focus on the status of goal attainment and help you adjust your action plan in order to achieve your goals by the end of the school year. The Mid-Year evaluation meeting will also include a formative review of performance using the T-PESS rubric. As a result of this discussion, you should have a clear understanding of your performance trajectory, final effectiveness ratings, and whether you are on target to accomplish goals.

Identify and Collect Artifacts and Evidence

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You will synthesize your collected artifacts and evidence and any additional information you have gathered to create a comprehensive view of your performance throughout the year. This brief summary is not intended as a portfolio, but rather a concise review of artifacts, evidence, and information that can be used in consideration of your performance. You will provide this information to your appraiser before the End-of-Year Performance Discussion.

End-Of-Year Conference and Goal Setting

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For the End-Of-Year Conference, you and your appraiser will meet to review and discuss the T-PESS evaluation process. You will have the opportunity to provide artifacts and evidence related to your goal(s) and any additional information that would assist in making an accurate assessment. With your input, a decision will be made about final performance ratings related to goal attainment.

You will also look forward with your appraiser to consider Goal Setting for the next school year and may even draft performance goals and discuss recommendations for performance improvement for the subsequent year. Additionally, you and your appraiser will consider your performance on the standards and indicators of the T-PESS rubric.

Your appraiser will take into consideration information shared during the End-Of-Year Conference along with evidence and artifacts collected throughout the year in order to complete the T-PESS Summative Assessment Form. You and your appraiser will sign and submit all required forms to complete the evaluation process, pursuant with local district procedures.