The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) is a system designed by educators to support teachers in their professional growth.


T-TESS includes three components:

  • Goal-setting and professional development plan
  • The evaluation cycle (including: pre-conference, observation, post-conference)
  • Student growth measure – will not be included in the 2016-17 school year


The evaluation system encourages annual evaluations comprised of multiple informal observations and walkthroughs and at least one formal observation. These collective observations, along with the end-of-year conferences with appraisers, function as an integrated system to provide actionable, timely feedback, allowing teachers to make efficient, contextually-based professional development decisions that lead to growth – both teachers and students. Throughout the school year, teachers collaborate with their observer and/or appraiser to discuss teaching strategies, best practices, and techniques for effective instructional planning and execution of lessons.


T-TESS Rubric

T-TESS Rubric without graphics

Overview Videos:

T-TESS Overview

T-TESS Dimension 2.1



An Overview of the Rubric

Teacher Handbook



T-TESS Alignment and Development

Teacher Standards – Chapter 149