Statute and Policy

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

Evaluation Flexibility Options

 

The following resources provide evaluation flexibility option guidance:

Educator Evaluation: Charters

Per Teacher and Administrator Evaluation Policy 5.201, charter schools or charter management organizations may propose an alternate observation model for teacher observation.

  • Charter school leaders who would like to implement an alternate teacher observation model must submit a proposal for review by Jan. 15.
  • Charter schools currently implementing a state board approved alternative teacher observation model do not need to submit a request in order to continue using the currently implemented model.
  • For more information on submitting a proposal, please email TEAM.Questions@tn.gov.

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.

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

 

Per Teacher and Administrator Evaluation Policy 5.201, districts must use a state board-approved model for teacher and leader observation as part of the educator evaluation system.

  • Directors of schools that would like for their districts to pilot an alternate observation model during the 2020-21 school year must submit a request for model review by Jan. 15.
  • Districts currently implementing a state board approved alternative observation model do not need to submit a request in order to continue using the currently implemented model.
  • For more information, please email TEAM.Questions@tn.gov.

Guidance for Educators and Schools on April 2018 TNReady Legislation

 

In May 2018, the department shared new guidance with educators and district and school officials about the legislation that was passed in late April.