Statute and Policy

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


  • Teacher Evaluation, Licensing, and Accountability Guidance Including Third Party Vendors
  • 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 0520-02-01.
    • This document provides guidance on evaluation related processes.
    • Evaluations will be coded as COVID19 PYE (partial year exemption) in TNCompass and observation pacing for 2020-21 will be based on 2018-19 LOEs.
      • Instructions for completing the COVID19 PYE process in TNCompass are available here.

Evaluation Flexibility Options


In preparation for the 2020-21 school year, the department launched the annual Evaluation Flexibility Options Survey. In completing this survey, districts and charters reflect on implementation of local educator evaluation and make selections that best support district plans. Additionally, the information provided in the survey is used to configure the evaluation component of TNCompass.

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

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, view the Guidance on Grievances.
  • Student Growth Score Grievance Resolution Protocol outlines the process required to address a grievance decision by an LEA necessitating a change to an educator’s growth score and therefore a change to the educator’s level of overall effectiveness (LOE).

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 or a state board approved alternative for the growth portion of teacher evaluation for pre-K and kindergarten teachers.

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 via this form.
  • 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

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.