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In a time when schools are being held accountable to the highest level of standards, strong leadership is critical for a school's success.

As principals develop their own professional knowledge and thinking, they gain a deeper appreciation of the conditions teachers need if they are to achieve and sustain improvements in the learning of each student. While teachers are responsible for ensuring that all students achieve to the best of their ability, they will be supported in their work by their principals' deep knowledge about teaching and learning.


Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) is the Commissioner Recommended teacher evaluation system for the state of Texas starting in the 2016/2017 school year. Upon conclusion of the three-day face-to-face training, appraisers must successfully complete the online certification test to assume the role of certified appraisers.


Before conducting an appraisal, an appraiser must be certified by having satisfactorily completed the state-approved:

  • Completed Instructional Leadership Development (ILD), or Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) certification.
  • T-TESS appraiser training and passed the T-TESS certification examination.


Region 7 hosts T-TESS, T-PESS and AEL trainings throughout the year; you can find dates and registration information about these trainings on the Workshop page.


For more information, please visit the statewide T-TESS website:

 The intended purpose of the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System is to assess the principal’s performance in relation to the Texas Principal Standards. The evaluation should take place in a collegial and non-threatening manner. The principal will take the lead in conducting the evaluation through the use of self-assessment, reflection, and input gathered from various stakeholders with an interest in the leadership of the school. The evidence and documentation gathered by the principal is not intended to become a portfolio. Rather, it should provide a basis for self-assessment, goal setting, professional development planning, and demonstration of performance on specific standards. A standardized principal evaluation system will:

  •     serve as a measurement of leadership performance,
  •     guide leaders as they reflect upon and improve their effectiveness,
  •     focus the goals and objectives of schools and districts as they support, monitor, and evaluate their principals,
  •     guide professional development for principals,
  •     serve as a tool in developing coaching and mentoring programs for principals, and
  •     inform higher education programs in developing the content and requirements of degree programs that prepare future principals.

 As the state of Texas implements the new Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS), administrators will benefit from training that provides support in the implementation of impactful strategies designed to improve instruction and student performance at the campus and district level.


Administrators must be knowledgeable in curriculum and instruction, must be skillful in data gathering and analysis, must be able to set goals, must be skillful in conducting effective conferences, must have team-building skills and conflict resolution skills, and have mentoring and coaching skills. This three-day engaging and research based training is required for teacher appraisers along with T-TESS evaluation training. 


To find dates and registration information about the AEL training, please visit our Workshop page.


SLOs are long-term goals for student learning crafted by teachers and administrators. Often working in teams with peer, school, and district support, teachers develop these goals to help define what success looks like for their students and plan backwards to ensure that instruction is purposefully guiding schools, teachers, and students toward a common vision of success.


The SLO process strives to bring together the varied pedagogical considerations a teacher juggle throughout the year – curriculum, instruction, assessment, adjustment, and evaluation. The SLO process encourages and prompts continual reflection and self-assessment so teachers can focus on aligning curriculum, instruction, and student performance.


To find dates and registration information about the SLO training, please visit our Workshop page.

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Brian Ralson, M.Ed.
Educator Certification, Leadership Coordinator
(903) 988-6781

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