Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS)
Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS) is the Commissioner Recommended principal evaluation system for the state of Texas starting in the 2016/2017 school year. Region 18 hosts T-PESS trainings throughout the year; you can find dates and registration information about these trainings following on the Workshops page.
The intended purpose of the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System is to assess the principal’s performance in relation to the Texas Principal Standards. The evaluation should take place in a collegial and non-threatening manner. The principal will take the lead in conducting the evaluation through the use of self-assessment, reflection, and input gathered from various stakeholders with an interest in the leadership of the school. The evidence and documentation gathered by the principal is not intended to become a portfolio. Rather, it should provide a basis for self-assessment, goal setting, professional development planning, and demonstration of performance on specific standards. A standardized principal evaluation system will:
- serve as a measurement of leadership performance,
- guide leaders as they reflect upon and improve their effectiveness,
- focus the goals and objectives of schools and districts as they support, monitor, and evaluate their principals,
- guide professional development for principals,
- serve as a tool in developing coaching and mentoring programs for principals, and
- inform higher education programs in developing the content and requirements of degree programs that prepare future principals.