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Tool Name
Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment System

Evaluation Type
Observations of Teachers and Principals
Instructional Artifacts
Teacher Self-Report Measures
Combination Models

All Subjects

All Grades

Use of Evaluation

Professional Status

The system was developed by the Tennessee State Department of Education, Division of Teaching and Learning.

Product Description
The assessment system includes a self-assessment that considers student achievement data, possible submission of a lesson/unit plan, a classroom observation, and a future growth plan. Six domains are described in the Framework for Evaluation and Professional Growth: planning, teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation, learning environment, professional growth, and communication.

General Target Population Information
This comprehensive assessment system must be used to evaluate new teachers in Tennessee, with three evaluations annually of teachers during the first two years and two evaluations annually of teachers with three years of experience.

Stage of Development
The system was designed to be used with teachers in the beginning years of licensure but can be used with teachers who already have a professional license.

This system is used with school districts in Tennessee.

Research and Resources
Each domain in the Framework for Evaluation and Professional Growth includes a research brief describing the research on which the domain was based. The framework also includes worksheets and forms that can be used as part of the evaluation process.

Costs for the use of this product have not been established.

Contact Information
Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
Andrew Johnson Tower, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-0382
Phone: 615-741-2731

Support Available
The Tennessee Evaluation Advisory Committee created new teacher evaluation guidelines beginning in the 2011-12 school year, as a response to new legislation passed as the state pursued (and won) federal Race to the Top funding. The new system will require 35 percent of a teacher’s evaluation to come from the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System or some other comparable measure of student growth.