Teacher Evaluation (TEAM)

“The Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) is about principals and teachers working together to ensure the best possible instruction every day. Through frequent observation, constructive feedback, student data, and professional development, TEAM is designed to support all educators in doing their best work to help every student learn and grow.” (TDOE)

2019-2020 CMCSS Achievement Measure Worksheets

The deadline for district and school administrators to email the Accountability Team their district spreadsheet containing achievement and growth measures for 2019-2020 is October 1, 2019.

To support schools with this year’s achievement measure selection the accountability team has created supporting documents for each measure. These resources are linked below.

If you have any questions or are seeking a measure not included in these documents please email assessment@cmcss.net.
Worksheets for any grade level:
Worksheets for elementary/middle grade levels only:
Worksheets for high school grade levels only:
Each document above contains:
    Page 1 – the worksheet to be completed
    Page 2 – directions for teachers to accurately complete page 1
Observations
The state released a new ‘Suggested Observation Pacing’ available here. CMCSS began using this pacing during the 2017-2018 school year.
Tennessee administrators follow the TEAM Teacher Evaluation, Evaluator Handbook when completing observations.

The site used to record and report all evaluation data TNCompass. District level access does not permit users to support individuals in logging in for the first time or fixing login issues. To support the district in accessing and using the TNCompass site, the district has created the TNCompass Support Manual available here. Pages 3 and 4 of this manual will provide employees with the process to set up their account and/or access their account when there are issues with logging in.

Administrative TEAM Training

TEAM evaluators who are not currently certified to conduct formal teacher and/or administrator observations must attend initial certification training to become certified.

All TEAM evaluators (teacher and administrator) must be certified prior to conducting any evaluations. Spaces are still available for training sessions in October for new evaluators and those who did not recertify online prior to June 30, 2019. For those attending an in-person training, the schedule and registration links are available here.

The TEAM Teacher Evaluation System Handbook, which provides a detailed explanation of rubric descriptors, can now be found on the observation tools page of the TEAM website.

TEAM is about principals and teachers working together to ensure the best possible instruction every day. Through frequent observations, constructive feedback, student data, and professional development. TEAM is designed to support all educators doing their best work to help every student learn and grow. Currently, there is no stated required interval of time between observations. It would be a reasonable practice to allow enough time between the post conference from teh first observation and the next for the teacher to apply and process the actionable feedback given by the previous administrator. Without adequate time for the teacher to process and begin to apply the feedback, the value of the feedback and monitor cycle would be much less effective.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Portfolios
During the 2016 legislative session, the General Assembly passed the Pre-K Quality Act. One key component of this law is the requirement for all districts having voluntary pre-K program (VPK) must utilize the state board-approved pre-K and kindergarten student growth portfolio models for evaluating pre-K and kindergarten teachers (see T.C.A §§ 49-6-103–49-6-110). Please review this detailed FAQ (here) regarding pre-K and kindergarten portfolios. This document includes a timeline for when to expect pre-K/K portfolio implementation resources. 
Teachers who do not submit portfolios put districts out of compliance with state law, and districts may dismiss or suspend the teacher for neglect of duty as per T.C.A. § 49-5-511.

 

2019-2020 TEAM Evaluation Timeline
2018-2019 Observation Guidelines
CMCSS TNCompass Support Manual
2018-2019 TNCompass Update
TN Board of Education Teacher and Administrator Evaluation Policy

** Everyone should use their district email address as their primary email within TNCompass. Please ensure you change your email if you used a secondary address when you first set up your account.
  • Scheduled observations for CMCSS teachers based on dates of employment
    • Teachers who are hired prior to October 9, 2019 should have all observations completed
    • Teachers who are hired between October 9 and November 8, 2019 should have half of first semester observations and all of second
    • Teachers who are hired between November 9, 2019 and December 20, 2019 should have only second semester observations completed
    • Teachers who are hired between January 7 and March 11, 2020 should have all of second semester observations completed
    • Teachers who are hired between March 12 and April 17, 2020 should have half of second semester observations completed
    • Teachers hired after April 17, 2019 may have one observation completed but it is not required
  • Any teacher hired after November 7, 2019 should be marked as PYE for the 2019–2020 school year