Statute and Policy

Please click here for official Tennessee State Board of Education policies. The Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy is number 5.201.

Partial Year Exemptions (PYE)

Tennessee statute requires that the evaluation procedure shall not apply to teachers who are employed under contracts of duration of one hundred twenty (120) days per school year or less or who are not employed full-time. For more details on PYE, click here: Partial Year Exemptions.

Guidance on Grievances

Statute and State Board of Education policy require districts to implement local-level grievance procedures to provide a means for evaluated teachers and principals to challenge the accuracy of the data used in the evaluation and adherence to the evaluation policies adopted by the State Board of Education. For more details on handling grievances related to evaluation, click here: Guidance on Grievances.

Number of Observations

Click the link to learn more about 2016-17 Observation Guidelines.

Current Evaluation Weightings

The following documents detail current evaluation calculations for various educators. Click below to view.

2015-16 Evaluation Weightings

Tennessee Teaching Evaluation Enhancement Act Amendment

Signed into law in April 2016, SB2508/HB1419 provides teachers with the option to include or not include results from the 2015-16 TNReady and TCAP tests within the student growth component of their evaluation, depending on which scenario benefits them the most. In other words, if TNReady results from 2015-16 year help a teacher earn a higher evaluation score, they will be used. If they do not help a teacher earn a higher score, they will not be used. And, if at any point in the three-year transition an educator’s evaluation would not benefit by including the student growth data from the 2015-16 assessment, this data will be excluded from the educator’s scores. Educators will automatically receive the option that provides them with the best score.

Read more details on this FAQ document: Evaluation FAQ for Educators and School Leaders (May 6, 2016).

Pre-K Quality Act

During the legislative session, the General Assembly passed the Pre-K Quality Act. One key component of this law is the requirement that all districts that are a part of the 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 as part of an early learning model.