A Principal recently asked me, “Why don’t you have a T-TESS component in PowerWalks?”
That’s a reasonable question. The answer is that we made a philosophical and purposeful decision to not do so.
PowerWalks is a FORMATIVE observation system, designed to assist teachers in improving the quality of delivered instruction, over time, through cueing and coaching.
T-TESS is a SUMMATIVE evaluation process.
Yes, PowerWalks is correlated to T-TESS (otherwise it wouldn’t be very useful). Meaning that as teachers get better at implementing the best practices cued and monitored by PowerWalks, the criteria evaluated by T-TESS will be positively impacted.
But correlation is the limit. This is because the co-mingling of FORMATIVE and SUMMATIVE observation data is bad leadership practice. And as a company, LYS will always occupy the high ground of best leadership practice.
Think. Work. Achieve.
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