TLE Newsletter-- August

August 2015

SB 706 Updates TLE Process

On July 1, 2015 Senate Bill 706 went into effect, amending a variety of provisions related to the TLE evaluation system.  As written in SB 706, the revisions are designed to produce a system that promotes reflection and professional growth for teachers and leaders.

For the purposes of beginning a new school year, it should be noted that OAMs are no longer required.  Other notable changes include:

  • It is no longer required that both the qualitative and quantitative components make up 50% of the evaluation.  Instead each teacher and administrator will receive both a qualitative and quantitative rating.
  • Local school district boards of education can choose from a list of research-based options approved by the State Board of Education for quantitative evaluation methods for teachers of non-tested grades and subjects.  For those teachers who have at least one tested grade or subject can have up to 50% of their quantitative rating based on methods chosen from the list.
  • For the 2015-2016 school year, school districts have the option of basing their evaluations solely on qualitative components.  Roster Verification data must still be collected, but will not impact this year's evaluation.
  • Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, school districts are to fully incorporate both the qualitative and quantitative components of the TLE for evaluations at all school sites.  
  • Full implementation of TLE evaluations for the purposes of employment decisions will begin in the 2017-2018 school year

More information regarding SB 706 will follow in future newsletters.  You can access a copy of the bill here.