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Teacher Appraisal in HISD

Highly-effective teachers make a huge difference in students’ lives. School districts have a responsibility to evaluate and identify their most effective teachers and place them with students who need them the most. HISD should do the following to best support teachers and serve students:

Our Recommendations

1. Restructure the System. HISD should restructure teacher evaluations to include student academic growth, classroom observations, and direct feedback from students and families. Some children start the school year farther behind others, so the district should focus on how much academic growth students demonstrate to determine which teachers are helping students learn more over the course of a year.

2. Focus on Student Outcomes. As HISD sets weights for teacher evaluation measures, it should focus on what matters most: whether teachers are providing the quality of instruction our students need.

3. Find More Funding for Teachers. The state has already set aside money to help districts identify and support their most effective teachers. Houston ISD should work on a timeline designed to pursue Teacher Incentive Allotment funding as soon as possible. 

4. Listen to Parents and Families. HISD should reach out to families, retired educators, and other community members to gather feedback about what students need from their teachers and areas for improvement.

5. Work with Teachers. Teachers should be partners in developing a new evaluation system and should be represented in the decision-making process.

6. Simplify the System. HISD should use the new evaluation system to make decisions about hiring and school placement, so teachers with a proven track record of success are serving the students who need them the most. It should also be integrated into professional development opportunities to support early career educators. 

7. Make Sure it Continues to Work. Effective evaluation is an ongoing process. HISD should conduct regular reviews of the system, include teacher feedback, and make adjustments when necessary.

Support our Students and Teachers

Show your support for effective teachers and our evaluation recommendations by joining us at the next school board meeting. Take a look at our calendar page for the dates of upcoming meetings and more information.

Join Us at School Board Meetings

Show your support for effective teachers and our evaluation recommendations by joining us at the next school board meeting. Take a look at our calendar page for the dates of upcoming meetings and more information.
Contact your school board trustee and support our recommendations for a new teacher evaluation system. To find which district you belong to and how to contact your trustee, visit our page on Houston ISD and the page for your district.

Contact Your Trustee

Contact your school board trustee and support our recommendations for a new teacher evaluation system. To find which district you belong to and how to contact your trustee, visit our page on Houston ISD and the page for your district.
Sign up for the Houston GPS Navigator to keep up with what is happening at the school board level. If the Board is set to vote on an item related to teacher appraisal, it will be highlighted in the Navigator.

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Sign up for the Houston GPS Navigator to keep up with what is happening at the school board level. If the Board is set to vote on an item related to teacher appraisal, it will be highlighted in the Navigator.
If you have thoughts or experiences you would like to share related to teacher evaluation, let us know. We would be happy to talk and help if you would like to contact your trustee or the district.

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If you have thoughts or experiences you would like to share related to teacher evaluation, let us know. We would be happy to talk and help if you would like to contact your trustee or the district.