Statute and Policy

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

2016-17 Evaluation Options for Educators

The Tennessee Teaching Evaluation Enhancement Act of 2015 created a phase-in of TNReady in a teacher’s evaluation score to acknowledge the state’s move to a new assessment, fully aligned to Tennessee state standards, with new types of test questions. Under that law, TNReady data would be weighted at 20 percent for the 2016-17 year.

However, to ensure all teachers are able to benefit from the spirit of the Teaching Evaluation Enhancement Act, the department proposed and the General Assembly approved legislation that resets the phase-in of student growth scores from TNReady assessments to 10 percent for this year. Additionally, moving forward, the most recent year’s growth score will be used for a teacher’s entire growth component if such use results in a higher evaluation score for the teacher.

Read more details in this FAQ document: 2016-17 Evaluation Options for Educators (May 10, 2017)

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 2017-18 Observation Guidelines.

Current Evaluation Weightings

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

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.

Alternate Observation Models

In accordance with the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy (5.201), districts, charter schools, and other state agency schools may propose their own evaluation model and may submit an application for approval to the department. Districts or entities requesting to pilot an alternate model must submit this form, along with artifacts listed n the form, to the department prior to the academic school year on June 1.