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T-TESS Domains

HISD will use the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) for the 2023-2024 school year. This evaluation system requires teachers to be evaluated on four Domains: Domain 1 Planning; Domain 2 Instruction; Domain 3 Learning Environment; and Domain 4 Professional Practices and Responsibilities. There are 16 dimensions within these four domains which are observable components of teachers' practices in the classroom.

T-TESS also requires that each teacher appraisal include the performance of teachers' students, and student performance shall count for at least 20% of a teacher's summative score. For the 2023-2024 school year, teachers in HISD will be evaluated on each domain and will also receive a student performance score. A teacher may earn up to 65 points for the assessment of the domains and up to 35 points for student performance.