Statute and Policy

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

Teacher and Principal Evaluation: Tennessee Charters

Per Tennessee State Board of Education policy 5.201, charter schools and charter management organizations must adopt and implement an approved evaluation model for teachers and principals. For more information on selecting an existing state board-approved observation model or proposing a model for approval, please see the Educator Evaluation Charter Schools and Management Organizations guidance document.  To propose the use of a local observation model, complete the Charter Observation Model Proposal Form and include all requested documentation.

Guidance for Educators and Schools on April 2018 TNReady Legislation

On Monday, May 14, Commissioner McQueen shared new guidance with educators and district and school officials about the legislation that was passed in late April. To view more, see the documents below (also here). The department will continue to update this guidance as we hear from our schools and as we learn more from the U.S. Department of Education.

Partial Year Exemptions (PYE)

Tennessee statute requires that the evaluation process 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 Observation Guidelines 2018-19.

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.