Educator Effectiveness Projects

Analytic Technical Support

Descriptive Analysis of the Texas Educator Evaluation and Support System Pilot (completed)

REL Southwest provided the Texas Education Agency with technical assistance in analyzing feedback from school districts participating in the pilot of the Texas Educator Evaluation and Support System (TEESS). The findings, which describe the implementation and use of the new teacher and principal evaluation rubrics in pilot districts, will help guide the Texas Education Agency in improving the system.

Policy Scan of Educator Evaluation Systems in the REL Southwest Region (completed)

REL Southwest conducted a scan of policies and practices that support the development and implementation of new state educator evaluation systems in the REL Southwest Region. The results of this policy scan, provided at the state and regional levels, enable members of the Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance to access relevant data and examine, compare, and learn from evaluation practices across the region.

Texas Teacher Supply and Demand (completed)

REL Southwest provided technical assistance in characterizing the supply and demand of teachers in Texas over a  5–year timeframe. The project helped alliance members and the Texas Education Agency describe disparities in the distribution of teachers in schools, districts, and geographic regions across the state.

Research and Evaluation Studies

The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System Rubric: Properties and Association with School Characteristics (completed)

REL Southwest conducted a statistical analysis of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) pilot. The findings are assisting the Texas Education Agency in developing and using composite measures that accurately evaluate educator effectiveness.

Descriptive Study of Teacher Mobility in Texas (completed)

REL Southwest conducted a study to characterize the movement of teachers within Texas over five school years to identify patterns and disparities. The study also examined the relationship between teacher mobility and teacher effectiveness. The findings are informing state and district educator equity plans.