Friday, October 21, 2016

A Principal Asks... Why Isn't There a T-TESS Component in PowerWalks

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.
Your turn...
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