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On Thursday, February 10, the Houston ISD Board of Education met for its monthly business meeting. The Board also voted on several policy items at agenda review on February 3, which were brought back for second reading at the regular meeting.

The Board took a major step toward increasing effective instruction in the district by adopting the Texas Teacher Evaluation & Support System (T-TESS) for teacher appraisal. T-TESS will replace the district’s previous system, the Teacher Appraisal and Development System (TADS), which has not provided proper insight into effective practices or properly supported teachers. Adopting T-TESS is the first step in supporting our teachers and students. We expect to see a more comprehensive outline of the Superintendent’s plans for teacher appraisal next month when he announces the district’s strategic plan. Houston GPS has provided our own recommendations for using the flexibility of T-TESS to maximize meaningful feedback for both teachers and administrators in the new appraisal system. While the Board did make excellent progress for our teachers and students, time spent focusing on student outcomes was affected by inclement weather, and it decreased substantially from previous months. We hope the Board will be able to get back on track next month. 

Overall Ratings 

February 10, 2022

Trustee scores were based on votes and discussion related to agenda item A.3 from agenda review on February 3 and items A.3 and K.2 from the regular board meeting on February 10.  Scores were reviewed using core values for Impact and Leadership. 

District I: Trustee Santos

Medium

District II: Kathy Blueford-Daniels

Medium

District III: Dani Hernandez

Medium

District IV: Patricia Allen

Medium

District V: Sue Deigaard

Medium

District VI: Kendall Baker

Medium

District VII: Bridget Wade

Medium

District VIII: Judith Cruz

Medium

District IX: Myrna Guidry

Medium

Key Votes 

A.3 (2/3/22): Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

A.3 (2/10/22):Constraint 3 Progress Monitoring

K.2 (2/10/22): T-TESS Evaluation Adoption

Trustee Santos

For

For

For

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

For

For

For

Trustee Hernandez

For

For

For

Trustee Allen

For

For

For

Trustee Allen

For

For

For

Trustee Deigaard

For

For

For

Trustee Baker

For

For

For

Trustee Wade

For

For

For

Trustee Cruz

For

For

For

Trustee Guidry

For

For

For

Key Votes 

Trustee Santos

A.3 (2/3/22): Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3 (2/10/22):Constraint 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.2 (2/10/22): T-TESS Evaluation Adoption

For

Trustee Blueford-Daniels

A.3 (2/3/22): Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3 (2/10/22):Constraint 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.2 (2/10/22): T-TESS Evaluation Adoption

For

Trustee Hernandez

A.3 (2/3/22): Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3 (2/10/22):Constraint 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.2 (2/10/22): T-TESS Evaluation Adoption

For

Trustee Allen

A.3 (2/3/22): Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3 (2/10/22):Constraint 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.2 (2/10/22): T-TESS Evaluation Adoption

For

Trustee Deigaard

A.3 (2/3/22): Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3 (2/10/22):Constraint 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.2 (2/10/22): T-TESS Evaluation Adoption

For

Trustee Baker

A.3 (2/3/22): Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3 (2/10/22):Constraint 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.2 (2/10/22): T-TESS Evaluation Adoption

For

Trustee Wade

A.3 (2/3/22): Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3 (2/10/22):Constraint 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.2 (2/10/22): T-TESS Evaluation Adoption

For

Trustee Cruz

A.3 (2/3/22): Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3 (2/10/22):Constraint 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.2 (2/10/22): T-TESS Evaluation Adoption

For

Trustee Guidry

A.3 (2/3/22): Goal 3 Progress Monitoring

For

A.3 (2/10/22):Constraint 3 Progress Monitoring

For

K.2 (2/10/22): T-TESS Evaluation Adoption

For

Time Spent on Student Outcomes

Research shows that school boards that focus on student outcomes have a greater impact. The Texas Education Agency recommends spending at least 50% of Board meeting time on student outcomes. Our calculations now include both agenda review and regular board meetings.

51 Minutes
51 Minutes: 17%

Trustee Comments

    • The Board failed to demonstrate a commitment to Impact as its goal of spending 50% of their meetings on student outcomes took a large hit this month, partially due to inclement weather. They spent just 17% of their time focused on students but we do recognize that their agenda review meeting was cut short so that the board and district staff could get home safely before roads froze. We hope to see the Board reaffirm their commitment next month and make real progress toward their goal of putting our kids first.
    • The Board demonstrated a commitment to Impact and Leadership by formally adopting the Texas Teacher Evaluation & Support System (T-TESS) as the district’s teacher appraisal system. HISD needs an evaluation system that is able to identify highly effective teachers and pair them with students who need the most support, as well as identify areas for targeted support for teachers through professional development to help retain and develop our educators. Adopting T-TESS is a step in the right direction because it allows HISD to capitalize on state-developed resources like calibration materials that have already been field-tested by other districts. While the proposed changes highlight some aspects of the system, T-TESS also allows HISD the flexibility to customize weights, components, and feedback to better suit our district. The district has not fully fleshed out its vision for T-TESS but does plan to implement the system next school year if the Board approves. Houston GPS has outlined our recommendations for updating the teacher evaluation system, including ways the district can use this flexibility to focus more on what our students need.