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The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2.

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By now, all Memphis City Schools educators are familiar with the Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) as our district’s multi-dimensional teacher evaluation system. This document is intended to prepare you for the performance evaluation process during which all teachers will receive data and ratings for each TEM component as well as an overall TEM score based on multiple measures of teacher effectiveness. Details are provided on 1) what has changed about the TEM for the 2012-13 school year; 2) a description of the TEM components that each educator group will use for TEM profiles; 3) the 2012-13 timeline for the evaluation process; and 4) how each component will be rated in the TEM profile. If you have additional questions about the TEM or our schools’ teacher effectiveness work, please visit the TEI website (www.mcstei.com).

What Has Changed Since TEM 1.0?
TEM 2.0 is the teacher performance evaluation tool for the 2012-13 school year. While the TEM and its components have not changed substantially since TEM 1.0 in 2011-12, we have made some notable improvements based largely on the feedback of teachers and administrators in our district and across the state of Tennessee. Those changes are summarized below: Student Growth (35% of the TEM) Teachers in Fine Arts will use a peer-reviewed portfolio process for their individual growth measure for 2012-13 in lieu of school-level TVAAS. Please note that Student Growth results for Fine Arts teachers will be released at the same time that 2012-13 TVAAS data is made available in June 2013. This data will not be available for the summative process in May 2013. All other non-tested teachers will continue to use a school- or district-level TVAAS composite. However, all non-tested teachers other than Fine Arts will now use the school’s or district’s 1-year TVAAS composite instead of using up to a composite based on the teacher’s years of experience in a school. Student Achievement (15% of the TEM) Due to new state guidelines, the school’s 9th grade promotion rate will no longer be available as an option for this measure. Observation of Practice (40% of the TEM) The number of domains and indicators for the TEM observation rubric has not changed for 2012-13. However, in collaboration with the teacher-led Evaluation Team, MCS has simplified the language for several indicators and updated some indicator descriptors to include Common Core State Standards (CCSS) expectations. All rubric changes are summarized in the “Overview of Revisions” box at the top of each page of indicators and descriptors. Some teachers will have the option to have fewer observations this school year based on their TEM results from 2011-12. Any teacher (Professional or Apprentice) who received an overall TEM 5 rating or an individual composite Level 5 TVAAS score (tested teachers only) based on their most stable data from the 2011-12 school year may choose to have one announced lesson-length observation and two shorter unannounced observations instead of having a minimum of four or six observations. Stakeholder Perceptions (5% of the TEM) MCS has used a shorter version of the Tripod survey with fewer questions for students to answer in order to better accommodate students at different ages and learning levels. 1

Instructional Facilitators and Guidance Counselors will have Teacher Knowledge (5%) included in their TEM profile in addition to General Education and Exceptional Children teachers. Teacher Knowledge (5% of the TEM) Librarians. of Education TEM 2. Although the majority of teachers will use the same TEM components. TEM Components by Educator Group “Educator Group” refers to which group a teacher has been assigned to for his or her observation rubric. so their observations will be weighted at 45% instead.0 General Education Rubric Fall 2012 and Spring 2011 Tripod Student Survey Results Menu of Options Provided by MCS Weighting 35% (State Mandated) 15% (State Mandated) 40% 5% 5% General Education Teachers in Non-Tested Subjects TEM Component Student Growth Measurement Used World Language: School-Level 1-Year Literacy TVAAS Fine Arts: Individual student growth measure based on peer-reviewed portfolio All Others: School-Level 1-Year TVAAS Menu of Options Provided by Tennessee Dept. Guidance Counselors.0 Manual Teachers’ TEM Profiles will include both Fall and Spring Tripod results in the scoring process. These groups include General Education. Exceptional Children (Self-Contained or Inclusion).The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2.0 General Education Rubric Fall 2012 and Spring 2011 Tripod Student Survey Results1 Menu of Options Provided by MCS Weighting 35% (State Mandated) 15% (State Mandated) 40% 5% 5% Student Achievement Observations Stakeholder Perceptions Teacher Knowledge 1 ELL teachers will be exempt from Stakeholder Perceptions. Library/Media Specialists. these components vary for some educator groups. 2 . Teachers will receive scores of 1 . Tripod scoring will use a slightly different methodology this school year. of Education TEM 2.5 based on a normal curve equivalent (similar to a percentile rank) instead of being based on a comparison to their peer group’s average score. and Instructional Facilitators. These distinctions are provided in detail below: General Education Teachers in Tested Subjects TEM Component Student Growth Student Achievement Observations Stakeholder Perceptions Teacher Knowledge Measurement Used 3-Year Composite Individual Value-Added (TVAAS) Data Menu of Options Provided by Tennessee Dept. Psych/Social Workers.

of Education TEM Guidance Counselor Rubric Not Applicable Menu of Options Provided by MCS Psych/Social Workers TEM Component Student Growth Student Achievement Observations Stakeholder Perceptions Teacher Knowledge 2 Weighting 35% (State Mandated) 15% (State Mandated) 45% 0% 5% Weighting 35% (State Mandated) 15% (State Mandated) 45% 0% 5% Weighting 35% (State Mandated) 15% (State Mandated) 45% 0% 5% Measurement Used District-Level 1-Year Overall TVAAS Menu of Options Provided by Tennessee Dept. of Education TEM Psych/Social Workers Rubric Not Applicable Not Applicable Weighting 35% (State Mandated) 15% (State Mandated) 50% 0% 0% CLUE teachers are to use the General Education TEM classification instead of Exceptional Children educator group. of Education TEM Library/Media Specialists Rubric Not Applicable Menu of Options Provided by MCS Guidance Counselors TEM Component Student Growth Student Achievement Observations Stakeholder Perceptions Teacher Knowledge Measurement Used School-Level Overall 1-Year TVAAS Menu of Options Provided by Tennessee Dept.0 Manual Teachers of Exceptional Children TEM Component Student Growth Student Achievement Observations Stakeholder Perceptions Teacher Knowledge Measurement Used School-Level 1-Year TVAAS Menu of Options Provided by Tennessee Dept. 3 .The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2. of Education TEM Exceptional Children Rubric (Inclusion or SelfContained) 2 Not Applicable Menu of Options Provided by MCS Library/Media Specialists TEM Component Student Growth Student Achievement Observations Stakeholder Perceptions Teacher Knowledge Measurement Used School-Level 1-Year Literacy TVAAS Menu of Options Provided by Tennessee Dept.

500 Once the total weighted score is calculated.99 350 – 424.00 (average rounded to the nearest . 4 .The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2.99 275 – 349. each component of a teacher’s TEM profile will receive a score on a scale of 1 – 5.00 – 5. of Education TEM Instructional Facilitator/Coaches Rubric Not Applicable Menu of Options Provided by MCS Weighting 35% (State Mandated) 15% (State Mandated) 45% 0% 5% Scoring the TEM As with TVAAS and TEM observations. The weighted calculations will vary somewhat for educator groups with fewer than five TEM components as outlined in the previous section. a TEM teacher effectiveness rating is assigned based on the ranges provided below: Effectiveness Rating TEM 1 TEM 2 TEM 3 TEM 4 TEM 5 TEM Score Range 100 .0 Manual Instructional Facilitators TEM Component Student Growth Student Achievement Observations Stakeholder Perceptions Teacher Knowledge Measurement Used School-Level 1-Year TVAAS Menu of Options Provided by Tennessee Dept. Those scores will then be weighted3 and added together as demonstrated in the table below: Range of TEM Component Scores (Minimum – Maximum) 1-5 1-5 1.01) Weighting x 35 x 15 x 40 x5 x5 Student Growth (TVAAS) Student Achievement Observations Stakeholder Perceptions Teacher Knowledge Weighted Score (Min – Max) 35 – 175 15 – 75 40 – 200 5 – 25 5 – 25 1–5 1–5 TOTAL 100 .200 200 – 274.99 425 – 500 Performing Significantly Below Expectations Performing Below Expectations Meeting Expectations Performing Above Expectations Performing Significantly Above Expectations 3 This table reflects the TEM profile of a teacher with all five possible TEM components.

Teachers with a Professional license should have a minimum of one observation and teachers with an Apprentice license are recommended to have one observation during this time. Aug. 20 TEM Timeline Milestone Randa Tower online TEM profile opens for the 2012-13 school year. School administrators will conduct summative conferences with all teachers during this time to review profiles and inform teachers of retention and dismissal decisions. 15 – Nov. Teacher TEM profiles will be updated with 2012-13 TVAAS results once they become available from the state of Tennessee. Teacher Knowledge (5%) Measure Selection – Teachers (other than Psych/Social Workers) will select an appropriate measure of Teacher Knowledge using Randa Tower software by this deadline.* Completion of Teacher Knowledge (5%) Component . Student Achievement (15%) Measure Selection – All teachers will select an appropriate measure of Student Achievement for 15% of their TEM profile by this deadline. the timing of observations may vary by school and by teacher. 5 Oct.0 Timeline Key dates for completing the TEM 2. Observation Cycle #2 . 6 Mar. Observation Cycle #3 .Teachers with a Professional license should have a minimum of one observation and teachers with an Apprentice are recommended to have two observations during this time. Observation Cycle #1 . The number of observations per cycle for all other teachers is suggested and not required. 18 Jan. 8 – Dec. All teachers are now able to complete the Self-Assessment form prior to their first observation.22 Mar.0 Manual The TEM 2. Observation Cycle #4 .All teachers should receive a minimum of one observation during this time on the Teach and Cultivate a Learning Environment domains. 8 May 6 .* Spring Tripod Student Survey Administration – General Education teachers’ classrooms will complete the Spring 2012 administration of the Tripod Student Survey during this window of time. 2 Dec.0 process are provided below: Dates Aug. 27 – Oct. As long as Apprentice teachers receive 3 observations per semester and Professional teachers receive 2 observations per semester with adequate time to adjust and grow in between. Once the first observation is complete.The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2.24 Summer 2013 * The number of observations during this Observation Cycle may be adjusted for teachers who received an overall TEM 5 rating or an individual composite Level 5 TVAAS score (for tested teachers) in accordance with state guidelines.Teachers with a Professional license should have a minimum of one observation and teachers with an Apprentice license are recommended to have two observations during this time. the teacher and observer will jointly complete the teacher’s Professional Growth and Support Plan (PGSP) during the teacher’s first Post Observation Conference.*4 Fall Tripod Student Survey Administration – General Education teachers’ classrooms will complete the Fall 2012 administration of the Tripod Student Survey during this window of time. 12 Mar. 14 Oct. All other options are due by April 15. 5 .Teachers (other than Psych/Social Workers) will complete their Teacher Knowledge requirements for 9 Hours of PD Option. TEM Summative Conference – All teachers will receive their TEM profiles online via Randa Tower. Teachers will meet with school administrators (which can be done in combination with a post conference) and jointly select this measure in Randa Tower. 18 . 7 – Apr. 2 – Mar.

S. English III and U. The TEM will incorporate the existing TVAAS and Student Achievement data that is available from the 2011-12 school year in these cases. English I. However. The district will provide a score of 1 – 5 for Fine Arts’ 35% Growth component in Randa at the same time that all other Student Growth (TVAAS) data for 2012-13 is released in June 2013. 2011-12) My 1 year average (2011-12) Use Non-Tested Teacher Criteria What if I don’t have individual-level TVAAS? For the most part. Fine Arts teachers have implemented a peer-reviewed portfolio Student Growth system in 2012-13. For non-school-site based educators such as those in the Bond Building or Driver’s Education. the state will not be able to provide MCS with TVAAS scores from the 2012-13 in time to be factored into this year’s teacher evaluations. Fine Arts teachers will also receive their portfolio-based Student Growth score in June 2013. Algebra II. Which teachers have individual-level TVAAS results? For tested teachers. English II. Tested teachers with individual TVAAS include core subjects in grades 4 – 8. The table below shows how the most stable TVAAS is assigned for these teachers: I’ve been teaching a tested subject for: 4 years or longer (since 2009-10) 3 years (since 2010-11) 2 years (since2011-12) 1 year (since 2012-13) My TVAAS level for TEM is: My 3 year average (2009-10.The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2. All non-tested teachers will use the 1-year school-wide TVAAS composite for 35% Student Growth regardless of how many years they have taught in a school. The general expectation for TVAAS is that a year’s worth of instruction should result in a year’s worth of student growth. math. Will the TEM use data from the 2012-13 school year for Student Growth & Achievement? No. The one exception is Fine Arts teachers. Please note that there has been a change since last school year. The TVAAS system calculates growth from tests covered under the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) in reading/language arts. 2011-12) My 2 year average (2010-11. teachers in non-tested subjects will use school-wide TVAAS data for their Student Growth score.0 Manual Scoring Student Growth & Achievement What is TVAAS (Student Growth)? TVAAS is a measure of growth in performance from one year to the next on state-mandated tests. What happens if some teachers in my building did not select an Achievement measure? Principals should have made an Achievement selection for any teachers who did not make a selection approved by the principal/AP. History. the teacher will be given a default selection of 1-year school-wide TVAAS for the 15% Achievement component. 6 . in the case of all Student Growth and most Achievement measures. Because the state requires districts to complete all teacher evaluation processes by June 15th. Biology I. many Student Achievement options such as TCAP/EOC scores and graduation rates will not be available until after the summative process is over. the state requires that districts use teachers’ most stable Student Growth (TVAAS) data according to the number of years they have taught in a tested subject. if no selection was made. Similarly. Algebra I. and social studies and other core subjects. science. 2010-11. districtlevel TVAAS will be used for their Student Growth score.

NIC.g. IB. AP/IB/NIC suites of assessments include: Courses designed for Advanced Placement (AP). Dibels. Kindergarten-readiness. AP. SAT 10.) DOE will develop standard criteria for approval of tests submitted by LEAs.The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2. The options5 identified by the state are: ACT suite of assessments/SAT suite of assessments National/State-used “off the shelf” assessments Postsecondary matriculation/persiste nce/ placement Completion/success in advanced coursework. Honors. International Baccalaureate (IB).0 Manual How will Student Achievement (15% of TEM) be scored? 15% of the TEM evaluation score must include a measure of student achievement outcomes based on a menu of options that the state of Tennessee has deemed appropriate for a teacher’s educator group as outlined in the table below. and these scores will be provided by Memphis City Schools. National Industry Certification (NIC) assessments Participation in advanced coursework includes: School level calculated secondary rates (e. As with all TEM components. end of course. Graduation rate / CTE concentrator graduation rate X X X X X X X X X X X 7 . DRA. each these achievement outcomes will be scored on a scale of one through five.g. including dual credit and dual enrollment X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X School-wide TVAAS or individual TVAAS for teachers in top 3 quintiles AP/IB/NIC suites of assessments X X X X State assessments (disciplinespecific/TCAP) Teachers with TVAAS (4-8) Teachers with TVAAS (9-12) PK-3 Fine Arts Middle/High School nonassessed courses World Languages Computer Technology PE and Health Educators Instructional Facilitators Library Media Specialists ELL Exceptional Children CTE Psych/Social Workers X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 5 National/State “off the shelf” tests include: PreK-12 diagnostic or achievement/attainment assessments (e. college/high school dual enrollment and dual credit) according to SBE uniform grading policy. etc.

0 Manual What is the selection process for the Student Achievement measure? In Fall 2012. Unlike the other TEM components. Teachers in the General Education educator group will only receive scores for the indicators in the Teach and Cultivate a Learning Environment domains. Please note that any unrated indicators will not count towards a teacher’s final composite score. Any teacher (Professional or Apprentice) who received an overall TEM 5 rating or an individual composite Level 5 TVAAS score (tested teachers only) based on their most stable data from the 2011-12 school year may choose to have one announced lesson-length observation and two shorter unannounced observations instead of having a minimum of four or six observations. By state regulation. 8 . the principal shall choose the Student Achievement measure. All teachers should receive a post conference following each observation. located in the Randa Tower software: Self-Assessment – Completed by the teacher during the first observation cycle Professional Growth & Support Plan (PGSP) – Completed jointly by the teacher and a school administrator during the first observation cycle Observation Scores – Completed by the observer after each observation Post-Observation Conference Record – Submitted by the observer after incorporating the teacher’s reflections and any adjustments to the PGSP following an observation post conference When will the composite TEM observation score be available? Administrators have been instructed to complete all observations by April 12th. Scoring Observations How will Observations be scored? As with all TEM components. Individual observation scores have been made available to teachers on a continual basis following each observation. principals must agree with teachers’ selections. Some teachers will have the option to have fewer observations this school year based on their TEM results from 2011-12. MCS will only average those indicators that have been rated a 1 – 5. MCS will provide teachers and principals with the overall observation composite score along with all TEM data in May 2013.The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2. teachers will be able to select an appropriate Student Achievement measure using their Randa Tower software accounts.01 instead of the nearest whole number.6 What are the requirements for a complete observation score? According to state regulations. teachers’ observation composite averages will be rounded to the nearest 0. teachers with Professional licensure should be observed a minimum of 4 times each academic year for a combined total of no fewer than 60 minutes. MCS will provide principals with all available Student Achievement data and corresponding TEM scores from the 2011-12 academic year prior to the selection deadline to assist teachers and principals in this process. whereas other educator groups will receive scores for the domains in their specialized rubrics. If a teacher and principal cannot reach consensus. 6 Librarians are exempt from the “Plan” domain. MCS will average all of the indicators that have been rated across all of a teacher’s observations to generate a composite observation score. Half of a teacher’s observations should be announced and half of the observations should be unannounced. observation ratings are scored on a scale of one to five. Teachers should also have the following documentation. Teachers with Apprentice licensure should be observed a minimum of 6 times for a combined total of no fewer than 90 minutes.

For teachers who did not administer the Tripod survey at all this year.The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2. How will Tripod be calculated for teachers who have only administered the survey once or not at all? Teachers whose students have only been surveyed once (either Fall 2012 or Spring 2013) will have the choice to have the one survey administration count toward their Stakeholder Perceptions 5% score OR to increase the weighting of their Observations by 5% instead. All available Tripod survey data for a teacher will factor into a single score based on a Normal Curve Equivalent (NCE). When will the Stakeholder Perceptions score be available? Teachers have already received a detailed report of their Fall 2012 results in Randa and will receive a similar report when Spring 2013 results are available. perseverance and rigor) o Ex: “My teacher wants me to explain my answers – why I think what I think” Captivating students (learning seems interesting and relevant) o Ex: “My teacher makes learning enjoyable” Conferring with students (students sense their ideas are respected) o Ex: “My teacher wants us to share our thoughts” Consolidating knowledge (ideas get connected and integrated) o Ex: “My teacher takes the time to summarize what we learn each day” All available Tripod survey data for a teacher will factor into a single score based on a Normal Curve Equivalent (NCE). and they have been notified directly by the district about this choice. The survey asks students to assess observable teaching practices in their classrooms according to the “Seven Cs”: Caring about students (encouragement and support) o Ex: “My teacher in this class makes me feel that s/he really cares about me” Controlling behavior (press for cooperation and peer support) o Ex: “Our class stays busy and doesn’t waste time” Clarifying lessons (success seems feasible) o Ex: “My teacher explains difficult things clearly” Challenging lessons (press for effort. and released in May 2013 when teachers’ TEM profiles are updated for the summative process. similar to a percentile rank and create an index score of 1 – 5. 9 . their TEM Observation scores will increase by 5%.0 Manual Scoring Stakeholder Perceptions How will Stakeholder Perceptions be scored? Stakeholder Perceptions will be measured using both the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 results from the Tripod Student Survey. similar to a percentile rank. Teachers in this situation must make the decision prior to receiving a final Tripod score. like with TVAAS scores.

0 Manual Scoring Teacher Knowledge How will Teacher Knowledge be scored? As with Student Achievement. Panels of MCS teachers have created subject-specific rubrics to assess portfolios. A 2 can also be earned if less than half of the sections are scored 2 but none of the remaining sections receive scores that are lower than 2. o Teachers can earn 2% by scoring a 2 on all sections of the portfolio. Teachers selecting this option will be contacted directly by a video coordinator to guide them through the video capture and sharing process. A score report will be emailed by April 15.e. Deadline Nine hours of approved online courses must be completed by March 8. Portfolios received after this date will not be accepted. 2013 Deadline Scores from this observation will be available by April 2013. a teacher who earns a score of 4 on their portfolio will receive 4% for the teacher knowledge component). 2013 to each teacher submitting a portfolio. The menu of options is detailed in the table below: 9 Hours of Content-Specific Professional Development Teachers selecting this option will complete 9 hours of PD using the online AVATAR system as documented on teachers’ AVATAR transcripts. o Teachers can earn 4% if at least half of the sections of the portfolio are scored 4 and none of the remaining sections receive scores that are lower than 3. District personnel will assign content specialists to view and rate teachers’ videos. ability to convey knowledge to students. 10 . o Submissions that fail to meet the aforementioned criteria will receive a score of 1. the score earned on the rubric will represent the teacher’s knowledge score (i. and professional growth. These rubrics are intended to assess a teacher’s general knowledge of content. For rubrics with a scale of 1-5. 2013. accomplishments. Deadline The deadline for portfolio submission is March 8. teachers may also select from the “General Education” list of courses if they do not have options for their specific content area. Please note that this menu of options will be revisited on an annual basis and potentially revised as additional measures become available. A 3 can also be earned if less than half of the sections are scored 4 but none of the remaining sections receive scores that are lower than 3. o Teachers can earn 3% by scoring a 3 on all sections of the portfolio.The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2. Portfolios will be blind-reviewed and rated by the teachers who were instrumental in rubric development. Observation by a Content Specialist Teachers who select this option will be asked to use camera technology to record a lesson-length video of their classroom practice that will be shared with and rated by a content specialist in the teacher’s content area. Teachers can only select from the approved courses listed noted in Randa to complete this Content Knowledge option. Hard Copy Portfolio A teacher can submit a portfolio as a measure of teacher knowledge. teachers will select from a menu of options for the Teacher Knowledge component. For rubrics with a scale of 1-4: o Teachers can earn 5% by scoring a 4 on all sections of the portfolio. The approved list contains many specific content areas that teachers aligned to those content areas may choose from. however.

However.0 Manual What happens if I did not select a Content Knowledge measure? Please note that Psych/Social Workers are exempt from this TEM component.The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2.2 hours of approved PD completed = 1 3 – 5 hours of approved PD completed = 2 6 hours of approved PD completed = 3 7 – 8 hours of approved PD completed = 4 9 hours of approved PD completed = 5 What if my educator group does not have a Teacher Knowledge component for the TEM? Psychologists/Social Workers are exempt from the Teacher Knowledge components of the TEM in 2012-13. The adjusted TEM component weightings for these groups are reflected on page 2 of this document. What happens if I selected the PD hours Content Knowledge but have not received credit? All teachers selecting this measure were required to complete nine hours of AVATAR online PD from an approved list that was provided to them in Randa by March 8th (prior to Spring Break). When will Teacher Knowledge scores be available? Although the timeline may vary by the option selected. If a teacher’s AVATAR record shows that he/she completed the approved PD by this deadline but he/she did not receive credit. if the teacher did not complete all nine hours of the approved PD by March 8th. and their TEM observations will have a higher weight to accommodate this. MCS will provide teachers and principals with Teacher Knowledge scores along with all TEM data in May 2013. 11 . he/she will receive a scaled grade as follows: 0 . principals need to report the error to their regional offices for correction. Any teacher who did not select a Content Knowledge measure was given the default option of 9 Hours of Content-Specific PD.

The Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) 2. school leaders must ultimately make recommendations based on whether or not a teacher’s performance or potential to improve will lead to positive student outcomes. 2) inefficiency. As with previous years. a teacher’s TEM score alone does not determine whether or not he or she will be reelected. please contact the Memphis Education Association (MEA). If teachers are recommended for non-reelection for reasons other than or in addition to their TEM scores. this means that teachers scoring a TEM 1 or TEM 2 may be considered for non-reelection. development and recognition opportunities for teachers aligned to their individual performance data. otherwise it will be considered untimely and invalid. Guidance on Proper Use of the TEM for Reelection Recommendations The TEM is a management tool providing school leaders the ability to readily identify appropriate support. Teachers who are reelected in May will remain with the district for the 2013-14 school year. in combination with TEM scores including 1) incompetence. Student Growth and Achievement data for the current year will not be available. However. Stakeholder Perceptions and Teacher Content Knowledge) will be provided for the current year by May 2013. Tennessee law states that a district may also use teacher performance data as grounds for a teacher’s dismissal if he or she is performing “Below Expectations” or “Significantly Below Expectations.0 Manual The Summative TEM Process and Timeline What is the decision-making process for teacher reelections based on TEM scores? In May 2013. so teachers will receive scores for these components based on existing 2011-12 data where available. teachers who are recommended for non-reelection based on TEM scores or for any other reason will have their files reviewed by district personnel before a final determination is made. any teacher may be considered for non-reelection for criteria other than. To learn more about the grievance process or to get forms to file a grievance. 3) neglect of duty. Please note that all evaluation grievances and/or non-reelection appeals must be filed no later than fifteen (15) days from the end of the summative evaluation. If a teacher scores a TEM 1 or 2. 4) unprofessional or improper conduct. 12 . Scores for the other TEM components (Observations. Human Resources will make a final determination as with prior years. Teachers scoring a TEM 3 or higher will not be eligible for dismissal based on their TEM evaluation scores because they are meeting performance expectations. schoollevel administrators will schedule a summative evaluation meeting with each teacher to review his or her TEM data and notify teachers of reelection recommendations. you and your principal will receive your TEM profile with scores for each component and composite TEM scores of 1 . please note that a teacher’s TEM score is not the only factor influencing reelection recommendations. Teachers may only grieve errors related to the evaluation process and the accuracy of the evaluation data assigned to them. 901-454-0966. As with previous years. Teachers with tenure are guaranteed due process.5. Once teachers and principals receive these TEM Profiles. and 5) insubordination. Further. teachers who are recommended for non-reelection based on TEM scores or for any other reason will have their files reviewed by district personnel before a final determination is made.” For MCS. As with prior school years. or.

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