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Houston Independent School District

2008-2009 Implementation Packet For Teachers

Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) and Modified Professional Development and Appraisal System (MPDAS)

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Table of Contents

Calendars ...................................................................................... 1 2008- 2009 Appraisal Calendar ........................................................ 2 Appraisal Period Timeline .............................................................. 3 2008-2009 HISD School Calendar .................................................... 4 New Teacher Orientation and Annual Update Training ............. 5 Teacher Appraisal Materials ........................................................... 6 Orientation for New Teachers ......................................................... 6 PDAS/MPDAS Update Training for Returning Teachers ...................... 6 Professional Development and Appraisal Training (NTO) ................... 7 Policy and Procedures ................................................................. 8 HISD Teacher Appraisal Systems ..................................................... 9 Local Procedures Related to PDAS and MPDAS ............................... 10 The PDAS ................................................................................... 11 The MPDAS ......................................................................... 12 - 15 Forms and Documents ............................................................... 16 Commissioner's Rules (Chapter 150) .............................................. 17 ­ 26 Board Policy-Performance Appraisals............................................ 27 ­ 28 Board Policy-Grievance Procedures ............................................... 29 ­ 36 Dispute Resolution Form.................................................................. 37 ­ 39 Teacher Self-Report I ........................................................................ 40 ­ 44 PDAS Teacher Self-Report II and III................................................. 45 ­ 47 MPDAS Teacher Self-Report II and III.............................................. 48 ­ 50 MPDAS Agreement Form.................................................................. 51 ­ 52 45-Hour Professional Development Form....................................... 53 ­ 56 Frequently Asked Questions...................................................................... 57

It is the policy of the Houston Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, handicap or disability, ancestry, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex, veteran status, or political affiliation in its educational or employment programs and activities.

CALENDARS

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HISD 2008-2009 Calendar Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) and Modified Professional Development and Appraisal System (MPDAS) Each teacher must be appraised by one appraiser during the 2008-2009 school year. PDAS and MPDAS Training: PDAS Orientation training for new teachers (6 hours) and PDAS/MPDAS update training for returning teachers (2 hours) shall be held no later than the final day of the first three weeks of the school year, or September 15, 2008. Formal Observations: There shall be a period of three weeks (15 working days) following the training date before formal classroom observations will be conducted. Observations are unscheduled and unannounced. All PDAS formal observations of teachers shall be completed by April 8, 2009. The written Observation Summary shall be shared with the teacher within 10 working days. Summative Annual Appraisal Report and Summative Annual Appraisal Conference: The Summative Annual Appraisal Report shall be shared with the teacher no later than five working days before the Summative Annual Appraisal Conference. The last date to give teachers the Summative Report is April 27, 2009. Unless waived in writing by the teacher, the Summative Annual Appraisal Conference shall be conducted by May 5, 2009. Deadline Dates: April 8, April 27, and May 5 are deadline dates. Formal observations and summative conferences should take place prior to the deadline dates. Formal observations shall not be conducted on the following days: 1) Any date outside the appraisal period. 2) The last instructional day before an official school holiday, or the day immediately following Thanksgiving, Winter Holiday, Spring Break, or Spring Holiday. October 8, 2008 November 25, 2008 December 1, 2008 December 19, 2008 January 6, 2009 January 16, 2009 March 13, 2009 March 23, 2009 April 9, 2009 day before Fall Holiday day before Thanksgiving Holiday day after Thanksgiving Holiday day before Winter Holiday day after Winter Holiday day before Martin Luther King Holiday day before Spring Break day after Spring Break day before Spring Holiday

3) The last instructional day prior to the administration of standardized tests or during test administration.* *Applies only to teachers directly involved in the testing.

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NEW TEACHER ORIENTATION AND ANNUAL UPDATE TRAINING

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Teacher Appraisal Materials The Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) manual will be provided for all new-hires who attend PDAS Orientation training provided by the Professional Development Services (PDS) Department. Returning teachers and experienced teachers new to the district will continue to use their 2005-2006 manuals. Teachers may also access the manual at www5.esc13.net. All Houston Independent School District teachers will need to also refer to the 2008-2009 Implementation Packet for Teachers.

Orientation for New Teachers A six-hour PDAS orientation is required for: · all new teachers (first year) · all experienced teachers new to the district who do not have the appropriate PDAS orientation training certificate/verifiable school-district letter, accompanied by the previous year's appraisal of at least proficient in each domain · all critical shortage, dedicated, and long-term associate teachers who do not have the appropriate PDAS orientation training certificate/verifiable school-district letter

Orientation training is required to occur no later than the final day of the first three weeks of the school year or of the hire date. Therefore, PDS will offer training at the beginning of the school year and monthly, as needed. Sessions will be available on e-TRAIN. Registration via e-TRAIN is required. The PDS schedule for PDAS orientation is located on page seven.

PDAS/MPDAS Update Training for Returning Teachers Update training for all returning teachers is required to occur during the first three weeks of the school year. This two-hour training will be provided through the PDS Department. Designated administrators will receive intensive training and materials in order to conduct standardized update training across the district. Information to be shared shall include: · The impact of TEKS and TAKS on the teacher appraisal · The information regarding the requirements for the completion of the Teacher SelfReport (TSR) form, or the Modified Teacher Self-Report (MTSR) form · The appraisal calendar · Local procedures related to PDAS and MPDAS · The option to have the formal 45-minute observation conducted in smaller time units · MPDAS eligibility requirements and timeline for the submission of the MPDAS Agreement form

Teachers' participation in the appropriate PDAS/MPDAS training session and within the appropriate deadline set by the commissioner of education is the responsibility of teachers as well as administrators.

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Professional Development and Appraisal Training

New Teachers Professional Development and Appraisal (PDAS) Training

Please register on eTRAIN: All participants must register 15 days prior to the training date. Log onto the HISD web portal Click Employees Services · Select eTRAIN Search for PDAS and register for the appropriate course that displays. · ·

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If you have any questions, please email: Melanie Evans-Smith [email protected]

All training sessions will be held at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center 4400 West 18th Street Houston, TX 77092

PDAS Training 2008-2009

Date Time Location Audience/

Yr.1 and 2 Non-FFS

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Yr. 3 & above Teachers FFS $95.00

September 12, 2008 October 17, 2008 November 14, 2008 December 12, 2008 January 9 , 2009 January 23, 2009 February 13, 2009

8:30-3:30 8:30-3:30 8:30-3:30 8:30-3:30 8:30-3:30 8:30-3:30 8:30-3:30

1E02/HMW 3C10/HMW 3C10/HMW 3C10/HMW 3C10/HMW 3C10/HMW 3C10/HMW

PD0227 PD0227 PD0227 PD0227 PD0227 PD0227 PD0227

PD0049 PD0049 PD0049 PD0049 PD0049 PD0049 PD0049

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POLICY AND PROCEDURES

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Houston Independent School District Teacher Appraisal Systems

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) offers a two-tier teacher appraisal system based on the Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) recommended by the commissioner of education. The first tier of the system is PDAS. The second tier of the system is the Modified Professional Development and Appraisal System (MPDAS), developed by HISD to meet the needs of experienced teachers of the district. The MPDAS was approved by the HISD Board of Education in July 1998. Revisions to the MPDAS were approved in June 2007. Additional policy regarding teacher appraisals can be located in Board Policy Online and on the Policy Administration Department Web site.

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Local Procedures Related to PDAS and MPDAS

A. Timelines: The appraisal period will be governed by the rules of the current teacher appraisal system contained in the official PDAS teacher appraisal manual. The appraisal calendar shall be approved by the HISD Board of Education and published and distributed at the beginning of each school year. (The current appraisal calendar is posted on HISDConnect.) B. Observations: PDAS observations shall be unscheduled. Appraisers shall not give advance notice of the date or time of an observation.

C. Requests for Second Appraisal: The teacher must make a written request for a second appraisal to his or her regional superintendent's office within 10 working days of receipt of the written Observation Report or written Annual Summative Report. (The regional superintendent or designee shall appoint the second appraiser. The second appraiser shall not come from the campus where the request originated.) D. Second Appraisal Observations: If a teacher requests a second observation, the observation will be unscheduled. Second appraisers shall not give advance notice of the date or time of an observation. (The primary appraiser must conduct a complete appraisal for the teacher. The second appraiser must also conduct a complete appraisal for the teacher. When scoring domains VI-VIII, the second appraiser must rely on data provided by the primary appraiser.) E. Scoring Procedures for Two Formal Observations: When a second appraisal is made, the appraisee's domain scores will be averaged and will constitute the teacher's domain scores for the appraisal period. (All eight domains must be completed by both appraisers prior to averaging the scores.) F. Intervention Plans: Employees receiving an unfavorable rating of "below expectations" or "unsatisfactory" in one or more domains, or employees whose performance creates concern, shall be provided with suggestions for improvement in the form of an intervention plan. Intervention plans for teachers will be written to the guidelines of PDAS. G. Dispute Resolution: If a teacher believes a procedure of the appraisal system has been misapplied to him or her, or if a teacher wishes to dispute the content of the assessment or the ratings given, a teacher has 30 days to file a dispute under Board Policy DGBA Local. A detailed explanation of the Dispute Resolution Process may be accessed through HISDConnect on the Board Services Department Web site.

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The PDAS

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHER APPRAISAL UNDER THE PDAS

In HISD, the current PDAS shall be used for the appraisal of: a) a teacher in his or her first three years of teaching who is on a probationary contract; b) a teacher whose probationary contract status is extended to a fourth year; c) an experienced teacher who is new to HISD; d) a teacher who received a rating of "below expectations" lower in any domain of the PDAS or MPDAS for the previous year; e) a teacher on any type of intervention or growth plan; f) at the discretion of the building principal, a teacher who is not on a probationary contract who transfers into a school from another HISD school; g) a teacher who teaches on a campus with a state-mandated Focused Improvement Plan (FIP) that includes the requirement that teachers be evaluated on the PDAS; and h) a teacher who qualifies for appraisal with the MPDAS, but who does not choose in writing, within the designated timeframe, to participate in the MPDAS.

PDAS PROCEDURES

The PDAS procedures are found in the PDAS Orientation Manual given to each new teacher during orientation training. They are also found on the Region XIII Web site, www5.esc13.net. The Commissioner's Rules (Chapter 150) can be found in the attachments.

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The MPDAS

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHER APPRAISAL WITIH THE MPDAS

1. In HISD, the MPDAS shall be used for the appraisal of a teacher: a) who is under a term or continuing contract with HISD; b) who received a rating of "proficient" or higher in each domain of the PDAS or MPDAS the previous year; and c) a teacher who agrees, annually in writing, to participate in the MPDAS and to accept for the current appraisal year the ratings of the previous year's appraisal as the highest possible ratings for domains I-V, and who is not otherwise required to be evaluated on the PDAS based upon the criteria set forth in this policy. 2. Teachers who choose appraisal under the MPDAS will have the same opportunities to raise their domain scores in domains VI-VIII as they would under the PDAS. 3. The teacher who meets the qualifications for the MPDAS has an option of appraisal under the PDAS or the MPDAS at the start of each appraisal year.

THE MPDAS RULES, FORMS, AND PROCEDURES

4. Except for modifications of rules, forms, and procedures described in this document, the MPDAS applies the rules, forms, procedures, appraisal domains, appraisal criteria, and calendar prescribed by the PDAS.

TEACHER ORIENTATION

5. The teacher who qualifies for and chooses the MPDAS must have completed the initial PDAS orientation and shall participate in the MPDAS orientation. 6. The MPDAS orientation shall be conducted on campus within the first three weeks of the school year.

RULES AND PROCEDURES

7. At the beginning of the appraisal year, a teacher who qualifies for and chooses the MPDAS must express his or her preference in writing within five working days following the appraisal update training; otherwise, appraisal under the PDAS is automatic. 8. The MPDAS allows walk-throughs for gathering data related to domains I-V. The collected data is considered cumulative data and governed by the rules pertaining to cumulative data under the PDAS.

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9. A teacher who chooses the MPDAS will begin the year with domain ratings equal to the ratings received by the teacher for the previous year for domains I-V. 10. The annual MPDAS appraisal shall include: a) walk-throughs conducted at the discretion of the appraiser; b) written documentation from walk-throughs or other sources regarding jobrelated teacher performance that may affect the teacher's appraisal ratings as specified in the PDAS rules for cumulative data; c) teacher-selected documentation to support performance in domains VI-VIII; d) completion of Sections I and II of the Modified Teacher Self-Report (MTSR), which shall support the teacher's performance in domains VI-VIII and which shall be presented to the appraiser within the first three weeks after the MPDAS orientation; e) revision of Sections I and II (if necessary) and completion of Section III of the MTSR, which shall support the teacher's performance in domains VI-VIII and be presented to the appraiser at least two weeks prior to the Summative Annual Appraisal Conference; f) A written Summative Annual Appraisal Report provided by the appraiser to the teacher; and g) A Summative Annual Conference (unless waived in writing by the teacher.)

WALK-THROUGHS

(For the MPDAS) Walk-throughs are intended to encourage a positive and productive dialogue between the teacher and the appraiser. They are intended to encourage collaboration between the teacher and the appraiser for the benefit of the teacher and his or her students. 11. A walk-through is an unannounced visit to a teacher's classroom. 12. The number of walk-throughs conducted by the appraiser is at the discretion of the appraiser. 13. The length of a walk-through is at the discretion of the appraiser.

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DOCUMENTATION OF DATA GATHERED DURING WALK-THROUGHS

14. If the appraiser uses information collected during a walk-through, the appraiser must follow all rules related to cumulative data, with the following exceptions: a) Any information gathered during a walk-through that may affect a teacher's domain scores must be documented in writing and shared with the teacher within three working days after the walk-through and prior to another datagathering walk-through. b) Before cumulative data gathered from a walk-through may negatively affect a teacher's domain scores, the appraiser must conduct three or more walkthroughs, at least five to ten minutes in length, that reveal any weakness in the teacher's performance. c) After a deficiency has been observed on three separate occasions and a conference has been held with the employee, appraisal on the PDAS is automatic for the current school year. 15. Observations may be conducted at the discretion of the appraiser and cumulative data may be collected that could result in domain scores declining, possible placement of teachers on an Intervention Plan, and/or moving an otherwise eligible teacher from the MPDAS to the PDAS. 16. Observations of behavior that compromises the safe operation of the classroom or school shall be documented after the first observation and may have an impact on the teacher's appraisal rating. 17. Documentation of cumulative data gathered during a walk-through must include the date of the observation, the time the observation began, and the time the observation ended.

MODIFIED TEACHER SELF-REPORT (MTSR)

SECTION I: 18. Section I of the MPDAS Modified Teacher Self-Report (MTSR) is the same as the Section I of the PDAS Teacher Self-Report (TSR).

SECTION II: 19. The MTSR requires the teacher to: a) establish an instructional goal based on formal and/or informal data about the students and on the required objectives of the teacher's grade/content area/skill; b) explain how he or she will achieve the goal; c) explain how he or she will monitor progress and provide student feedback with respect to the goal; and

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d) state the plans for professional development that will assist him or her in his or her effort to achieve the goal. SECTION III: 20. The MTSR requires a description of what the teacher has accomplished during the appraisal year to: a) assist "at-risk" students; b) support his or her School Improvement Plan; and c) list professional-development activities for the past year.

SECOND APPRAISAL

21. The teacher must make a written request for a second appraisal to his or her regional superintendent's office within 10 working days of receipt of documentation of cumulative data or a written Observation Summary or Summative Annual Appraisal Report. 22. In the event that a teacher requests a second appraisal, the second appraisal will be carried out under the rules of the PDAS, with the exception that the MTSR will be used instead of the TSR.

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FORMS AND DOCUMENTS

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Commissioner's Rules

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Chapter 150. Commissioner's Rules Concerning Educator Appraisal Subchapter AA. Teacher Appraisal

Statutory Authority: The provisions of this Chapter 150 issued under the Texas Education Code, §§21.351-21.356, unless otherwise noted.

§150.1001. General Provisions. (a) Beginning with the 1997-1998 school year, all school districts have two choices in selecting a method to appraise teachers: a teacher-appraisal system recommended by the Texas commissioner of education or a local teacher-appraisal system. (b) The commissioner's recommended teacher-appraisal system, the Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS), was developed in accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.351. (c) The superintendent of each school district, with the approval of the school district board of trustees, may select the PDAS. Each school district or campus wanting to select or develop an alternative teacher-appraisal system must follow TEC, §21.352. Source: The provisions of this §150.1001 adopted to be effective August 1, 1997, 22 TexReg 4200.

§150.1002. Assessment of Teacher Performance. (a) The teacher proficiencies described in Learner-Centered Schools for Texas: A Vision of Texas Educators, approved by the State Board of Education on February 11, 1994, shall be the foundation for the Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS). (b) Each teacher shall be appraised on the following domains: (1) Domain I: Active, successful student participation in the learning process; (2) Domain II: Learner-centered instruction; (3) Domain III: Evaluation and feedback on student progress; (4) Domain IV: Management of student discipline, instructional strategies, time and materials; (5) Domain V: Professional communication; 18

(6) Domain VI: Professional development; (7) Domain VII: Compliance with policies, operating procedures and requirements; and (8) Domain VIII: Improvement of academic performance of all students on the campus (based on indicators included in the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS)). (c) Each domain shall be scored independently. The evaluation of each of the domains shall consider all data generated in the appraisal process. The data for the appraisal of each domain shall be gathered from observations, the Teacher Self-Report Form, and other documented sources. The data shall describe teacher contributions in increasing student achievement, making the whole school safe and orderly, and creating a stimulating learning environment for children. (d) Each teacher shall be evaluated on Domains I through VIII using the following categories: (1) exceeds expectations; (2) proficient; (3) below expectations; and (4) unsatisfactory. (e) The teacher evaluation in Domain VIII shall include the following areas: (1) efforts to enhance academic performance; (2) efforts to enhance student attendance; (3) efforts to identify and assist students in at-risk situations; and (4) campus performance rating. (f) Campus performance rating data for Domain VIII shall be reported (not scored) by a campus or district for the first year of the PDAS implementation and/or during the first year for new teachers to a campus. Source: The provisions of this §150.1002 adopted to be effective August 1, 1997, 22 TexReg 4200.

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§150.1003. Appraisals, Data Sources, and Conferences. (a) Each teacher must be appraised each school year, except as provided by subsection (l) of this section. Whenever possible, an appraisal shall be based on the teacher's performance in fields and teaching assignments for which he or she is certified. (b) The annual teacher appraisal shall include: (1) at least one classroom observation of a minimum of 45 minutes as identified in subsection (g) of this section, with additional walk-throughs and observations conducted at the discretion of the appraiser; (2) a written summary of each observation, which shall be given to teachers within ten working days after the completion of an observation, with a pre- and post-observation conference conducted at the request of the teacher or appraiser; (3) completion of Section I of the Teacher Self-Report Form that shall be presented to the principal: (A) within the first three weeks from the day of completion of the Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) orientation as described in §150.1007 of this title (relating to Teacher Orientation); (B) within the first three weeks from the day of completion of the PDAS orientation as described in §150.1007 of this title for teachers new to the PDAS; or (C) within the first three weeks of instruction in the school years when the PDAS orientation is not required pursuant to §150.1007 of this title. (4) revision of Section I (if necessary) and completion of Sections II and III of the Teacher Self-Report Form that shall be presented to the principal at least two weeks prior to the summative annual conference; (5) cumulative data of written documentation collected regarding job-related teacher performance, in addition to formal classroom observations; (6) a written summative annual appraisal report; and (7) a summative annual conference. (c) A teacher may be given advance notice of the date or time of an appraisal, but advance notice is not required. (d) Each school district shall establish a calendar for the appraisal of teachers. The appraisal period for each teacher must include all of the days of a teacher's contract. Observations during the appraisal period must be conducted during the required days of instruction for students during one school year. The appraisal calendar shall: 20

(1) exclude observations in the three weeks following the day of completion of the PDAS orientation in the school years when an orientation is required as described in §150.1007 of this title; (2) exclude observations in the three weeks following the day of completion of the PDAS orientation for teachers new to the PDAS as described in §150.1007 of this title; (3) exclude observations in the first three weeks of instruction in the school years when the PDAS orientation is not required pursuant to §150.1007 of this title; (4) prohibit observations on the last day of instruction before any official school holiday or on any other day deemed inappropriate by the school district board of trustees; and (5) indicate a period for summative annual conferences that ends no later than 15 working days before the last day of instruction for students. (e) During the appraisal period, the appraiser shall evaluate and document teacher performance specifically related to the domain criteria as identified in §150.1002(b) of this title (relating to Assessment of Teacher Performance). (f) The appraiser is responsible for documentation of the cumulative data identified in subsection (b)(5) of this section. Any third-party information from a source other than the teacher's supervisor that the appraiser wishes to include as cumulative data shall be verified and documented by the appraiser. Any documentation that will influence the teacher's summative annual appraisal report must be shared in writing with the teacher within ten working days of the appraiser's knowledge of the occurrence. The principal shall also be notified in writing when the appraiser is not the teacher's principal. (g) By mutual consent of the teacher and the appraiser, the required minimum of 45 minutes of observation may be conducted in shorter time segments. The time segments must aggregate to at least 45 minutes. (h) A written summative annual appraisal report shall be shared with the teacher no later than five working days before the summative conference and no later than 15 working days before the last day of instruction for students. The written summative annual appraisal report shall be placed in the teacher's personnel file by the end of the appraisal period. (i) Unless waived in writing by the teacher, a summative conference shall be held within a time frame specified on the school district calendar and no later than 15 working days before the last day of instruction for students. The summative conference shall focus on the written summative report and related data sources. (j) In cases where the appraiser is not an administrator on the teacher's campus, either the principal, assistant principal, or another supervisory staff member designated as an administrator on the campus will participate in the summative annual conference.

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(k) Any documentation collected after the summative conference but before the end of the contract term during one school year may be considered as part of the appraisal of a teacher. If the documentation affects the teacher's evaluation in any domain, another summative report shall be developed and another summative conference shall be held to inform the teacher of the change(s). (l) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, appraisal must be done at least once during each school year. A teacher may be appraised less frequently if the teacher agrees in writing and the teacher's most recent appraisal rated the teacher as at least proficient, or the equivalent, and did not identify any area of deficiency. A teacher who is appraised less frequently than annually must be appraised at least once during each period of five school years. (1) District policy may stipulate: (A) whether the appraisal option is to be made available to teachers; (B) whether the appraisal option is to be adopted districtwide or is to be campus specific; (C) if the appraisal accompanying a teacher new to a district or campus meets the option as specified in this subsection, whether the appraisal is to be accepted or whether that teacher is to be appraised by the new campus administrator; and (D) whether an appraiser may place a teacher on the traditional appraisal cycle as a result of performance deficiencies documented in accordance with subsections (b)(5) and (f) of this section. (2) A school district may choose annually to review the written agreement with the teacher. However, at the conclusion of the school year, the district may modify appraisal options through board policy and may make changes to expectations for appraisals that apply to all teachers regardless of a teacher's participation in the appraisal option in the previous year(s). (3) For purposes of this subsection, in the teacher-appraisal system recommended by the commissioner, an area of deficiency is a domain. A teacher must be rated as at least proficient for each domain (i.e., for all domains) to be eligible for less frequent appraisals under this subsection.

Source: The provisions of this §150.1003 adopted to be effective August 1, 1997, 22 TexReg 4200; amended to be effective April 15, 1999, 24 TexReg 2934; amended to be effective May 31, 2004, 29 TexReg 5345.

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§150.1004. Teacher in Need of Assistance. (a) A teacher whose performance meets any of the following circumstances will be designated as a " teacher in need of assistance ": (1) a teacher who is evaluated as unsatisfactory in one or more domains; or (2) a teacher who is evaluated as below expectations in two or more domains. (b) When a teacher is designated as a teacher in need of assistance, the appraiser and/or the teacher's supervisor shall, in consultation with the teacher, develop an intervention plan that includes the following: (1) domain(s) that designate a teacher as a teacher in need of assistance; (2) directives or recommendations for professional improvement activities; (3) evidence that is used to determine successful completion of professional improvement activities; (4) directives for changes in teacher behavior; (5) evidence that is used to determine if teacher behavior has changed; and (6) specific time line for successful completion. (c) In cases when the teacher's appraiser is not the teacher's principal, the principal shall be involved in the development and evaluation of the intervention plan. (d) A teacher who has not met all requirements of the intervention plan for teachers in need of assistance by the time specified may be considered for separation from the assignment, campus, and/or district. (e) The intervention plan shall include options for professional development activities designed to enhance teacher proficiency. At least one option shall not place significant financial burden on either the teacher or the school district. (f) An intervention plan may be developed at any time at the discretion of the appraiser when the appraiser has documentation that would potentially produce an evaluation rating of "below expectations" or "unsatisfactory".

Source: The provisions of this §150.1004 adopted to be effective August 1, 1997, 22 TexReg 4200.

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§150.1005. Teacher Response and Appeals. (a) A teacher may submit a written response or rebuttal at the following times: (1) after receiving a written observation summary, or any other written documentation associated with the teacher's appraisal; and/or (2) after receiving a written summative annual appraisal report. (b) Any written response or rebuttal must be submitted within ten working days of receiving a written observation summary, a written summative annual appraisal report, or any other written documentation associated with the teacher's appraisal. At the discretion of the appraiser, the time period may be extended to 15 working days. (c) A teacher may request a second appraisal by another appraiser at the following times: (1) after receiving a written observation summary with which the teacher disagrees; and/or (2) after receiving a written summative annual appraisal report with which the teacher disagrees. (d) The second appraisal must be requested within ten working days of receiving a written observation summary or a written summative annual appraisal report. At the discretion of the appraiser, the time period may be extended to 15 working days. (e) A teacher may be given advance notice of the date or time of a second appraisal, but advance notice is not required. (f) The second appraiser shall appraise the teacher in all domains. The second appraiser shall make observations and walk-throughs as necessary to evaluate Domains I through V. The second appraiser shall use the Teacher Self-Report Form and cumulative data from the first appraisal to evaluate Domains VI through VIII. Cumulative data may also be used by the second appraiser to evaluate other domains. (g) Each school district shall adopt written procedures for a teacher to present grievances and receive written comments in response to the written annual report. Each district shall also adopt written procedures for determining the selection of second appraisers. These procedures shall be disseminated to each teacher at the time of employment and updated annually or as needed.

Source: The provisions of this §150.1005 adopted to be effective August 1, 1997, 22 TexReg 4200.

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§150.1006. Appraiser Qualifications. (a) The teacher-appraisal process requires at least one appraiser. (b) The teacher's supervisor shall conduct the teacher's appraisal and must hold a superintendent, mid-management (principal), or supervisor certification, or must hold comparable certificates established by the State Board for Educator Certification. An appraiser other than the teacher's supervisor must be approved by the school district board of trustees, hold a valid teaching certificate, and have at least three years of prekindergarten, elementary, or secondary teaching experience. (c) An appraiser who is a classroom teacher may not appraise the performance of another classroom teacher who teaches at the same school campus at which the appraiser teaches, unless it is impractical because of the number of campuses or unless the appraiser is the chair of a department or grade-level whose job description includes classroom observation responsibilities. (d) Before conducting an appraisal, an appraiser must be certified by having satisfactorily completed uniform appraiser training, including required Instructional Leadership Training (ILT) or Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) training, with a trainer and curriculum approved by the commissioner of education. Periodic recertification and training shall be required. (1) Educators certified as appraisers for the Texas Teacher Appraisal System (TTAS) before January 1997 shall be required to take only the Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) training to qualify as a certified appraiser for the new system. Beginning June 1, 2002, individuals seeking to become PDAS appraisers must comply with requirements specified in subsection (d)(3) of this section. (2) Educators seeking certification as an appraiser for the PDAS after January 1, 1997, and no later than June 1, 2002, holding no prior TTAS certification, shall be required to complete the ILT or ILD training and the PDAS training with the successful completion of ILT or ILD training as a prerequisite to the PDAS training. (3) Educators seeking certification as an appraiser for the PDAS after June 1, 2002, shall be required to complete ILD training and the PDAS training with successful completion of ILD training as a prerequisite to the PDAS training.

Source: The provisions of this §150.1006 adopted to be effective August 1, 1997, 22 TexReg 4200; amended to be effective July 31, 2001, 26 TexReg 5638.

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§150.1007. Teacher Orientation. (a) A school district shall ensure that all teachers are provided with an orientation of the Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) no later than the final day of the first three weeks of school and at least three weeks before the first observation. (1) Additional orientations shall be provided any time substantial changes occur in the PDAS. (2) A teacher new to the district shall be provided with an orientation of the PDAS at least three weeks before the teacher's first observation. (b) Teachers' orientation shall include materials approved by the commissioner of education. These materials shall include all state and local appraisal policies, the local appraisal calendar, and information on the requirements for the completion of the Teacher Self-Report Form. In addition to the orientation, campuses may hold other sessions sufficient in length allowing teachers to actively participate in a discussion of the PDAS specifics and to have their questions answered. Source: The provisions of this §150.1007 adopted to be effective August 1, 1997, 22 TexReg 4200.

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Performance Appraisals DNA Local Board Policy

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Dispute Resolution Form

This form can be found on the Office of Human Resources Web site.

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Teacher Self-Report I For PDAS and MPDAS

For all teachers appraised with PDAS and MPDAS Due to appraiser within three weeks after initial or update training

This form can be found on the Employee Appraisal Web site.

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PDAS Teacher Self-Reports II and III

Due to appraiser two weeks before the Summative Conference

This form can be found on the Employee Appraisal Web site.

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MPDAS Teacher Self-Report II and III

Due to appraiser two weeks before the Summative Conference

This form can be found on the Employee Appraisal Web site.

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MPDAS Agreement Form

Due to appraiser five working days after the update training at the beginning of the school year. Failure to submit the form within the timeline approved by the Board of Education will result in removal from the MPDAS and placement on the PDAS. This form can be found on the Employee Appraisal Web site.

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Professional Development Form

Due to appraiser two weeks before the Summative Conference This form can be found on the Professional Development or Employee Appraisal Web sites.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Under revision during July/August 2008 by the Region XIII Service Center

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