Sandy, Utah — Aug. 22, 2016 — Beginning this school year, many Texas districts will implement the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), a new state-recommended teacher appraisal system that focuses on providing continuous, timely and formative feedback to educators so they can improve their practice. To support the rollout of T-TESS and support educator and student growth district-wide, Richardson Independent School District (ISD) has partnered with Performance Matters.
“T-TESS is a big departure from what we’ve been using in Texas for the past 20 years. It’s based on the idea that a constant feedback loop exists between teachers and students, and gauging the effectiveness of teachers requires a consistent focus on how students respond to their teacher’s instructional practices,” said Melissa Heller, executive director of professional development for Richardson ISD. “Having educator and student growth solutions that are integrated and that can talk to each other is exactly what we need to support teachers’ professional growth and, ultimately, students’ success.”
With the Performance Matters Platform, Richardson ISD will be able to access educator growth solutions for evaluation and professional development, and student assessment tools — with powerful, integrated analytics capabilities — in one online platform. The district will implement the platform in all 54 campuses over the course of the school year.
“Having real-time student assessment data and educator evaluation results — along with relevant professional learning opportunities — will help our teachers work smarter, not harder. It will help make us more effective leaders in the classroom, on campus, and in the central office,” said Heller. “It will also help us change the way we think about the relationship between professional learning and student learning, so we can have a greater impact on students’ growth and educators’ growth, and support continuous improvement district-wide.”
About Performance Matters
Performance Matters accelerates student success by combining powerful student and educator growth solutions with real-time analytics. The Performance Matters Platform includes tools for student assessment development and delivery, as well as educator professional learning management, performance evaluation and observer calibration. Together these solutions, leveraged with a real-time analytics engine, provide specific, actionable insights that boost student performance and build educator capacity. Performance Matters was formed through the integration of two best-in-class education solution providers: Truenorthlogic, the leader in educator professional growth tools, and Performance Matters, an authority in student assessment and data analytics. For information, visit www.performancematters.com.