Administrator Evaluation

During a special called meeting on April 9, the state board of education passed a series of emergency rules to address disruptions caused by COVID-19. This included changes to Evaluation Rule 0520-02-01This document provides guidance on evaluation related processes. Evaluation implications include:

  • Districts, including those using an alternate observation model, are not be required to meet observation pacing for 2019-20.
  • Observation pacing for 2020-21 will be determined by the educator’s 2018-19 data.
  • Educators who were awarded PDPs on the basis of their LOE in 2018-19 will be awarded the same PDPs for 2019-20.


Administrator evaluation combines self-reflection, observation, input of school staff, and student data to create a complete picture of an administrator’s performance.

  • The effectiveness rating is calculated using a formula that is 50 percent qualitative and 50 percent quantitative.
  • The 50 percent quantitative portion includes a 35 percent growth measure (one-year school-wide TVAAS) and a 15 percent achievement measure.

Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS)

The Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS) were updated by the State Board of Education in July 2018, and are located in policy 5.106.


Surveys are a required component of the administrator evaluation process; however, evaluators may utilize an instrument of choice. One option, the Teacher Perception Survey, is aligned to the TILS. This survey is designed for educators to provide anonymous, timely, relevant, and thoughtful feedback to instructional leaders and district personnel. Teacher Perception Survey (Word) (PDF) (Google Form-Make a copy)

Individual Action Plan

Districts may choose to use the Action Plan and Observation Self-Reflection tools (linked below) to help administrators develop their SMART goals and identify an area of refinement. This is not a required component of the administrator evaluation process.

  • Administrator Evaluation Individual Action Plan (PDF)
  • Administrator Evaluation Observation Self-Reflection Tool (Word) (PDF)