During the spring and summer of 2013, all administrators in Arkansas were required to attend a one-day training for the Teacher Evaluation Support System (TESS). The documents listed below represent the content of the training notebooks.
The Framework for Teaching by Charlotte Danielson provides the foundation for the Arkansas Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS). Teachscape partnered with Charlotte Danielson and Educational Testing Service (ETS) to develop FOCUS (formerly known as FfTPS), a software that provides district evaluators with comprehensive training and scoring practice, followed by a scientifically designed assessment of ability to accurately and consistently apply the Danielson rubric for teaching performance. All administrators who will conduct summative evaluations of teacher will complete the training and pass a proficiency assessment using the FOCUS system. Assessment Information will provide details about preparation for and passing the required online assessment for teacher evaluators.
Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.
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