Teachers are the most important factor influencing student success, and the goal of TEAM is to provide educators with a model to help them continuously improve their practice. A complete picture of what’s going on in the classroom is essential to driving educator improvement; therefore, we want to look at how teachers are delivering instruction and what students are learning from those lessons. By using observations and data together, TEAM allows teachers and school leaders to have an ongoing dialogue about how what’s going on in the classroom is impacting  student performance. Ultimately, growth in teachers’ skills will lead to growth in student achievement.

Like the reflective practices this system promotes for educators, the Tennessee Department of Education is committed to reflecting on and refining the observation system through feedback loops and careful study over time. Educators were instrumental in the design of TEAM, and in the months and years ahead, they will have a hand in refining the system.

Evaluation Overview

In July 2011, Tennessee became one of the first states in the country to implement a comprehensive, student outcomes-based, statewide educator evaluation system. This implementation was a key tenet of Tennessee’s First to the Top Act, adopted by the General Assembly with bipartisan support during 2010’s extraordinary session under the backdrop of the federal Race to the Top competition. This landmark legislation established the parameters of a new teacher and principal evaluation system and committed to implementation during the 2011-12 school year.

Click here to learn about the research that informed the development of the TEAM model: TEAM Rubric Research Base

The annual reports below provide more information about the tremendous strides Tennessee has made as a state.

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Year 4

More Information

Under this tab is information on the following topics. Navigate from the Evaluation drop-down menu, or click below:

Teacher Evaluation
Administrator Evaluation
Instructional Supervisor Evaluation
Statute and Policy
Evaluation Guidance