Tennessee First to the Top

Teacher and Principal Evaluation

Beginning this school year (2011-12), all certified educators will receive annual evaluations as required under Tennessee's First to the Top Act. The state's new system includes multiple measures for looking at performance and provides a way to individualize both support and recognition for educators.

Teacher Evaluation Advisory Committee

The Teacher Evaluation Advisory Council was created by the Tennessee General Assembly as part of the Tennessee First to the Top Act of 2010. The committee will create a new, annual, teacher and principal evaluation framework to be recommended to the State Board of Education in November 2010.

The Tennessee First to the Top Act requires, beginning in Fiscal Year 2011, annual evaluation of all teachers and principals and that personnel decisions – including promotion, retention, tenure and compensation – be based in part on these evaluations.

Fifty percent of the new evaluation must consist of student achievement data, of which 35 percent will be Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) data or some other comparable measure of student growth. The remaining 15 percent will be other measures of student achievement as determined by the committee.

 Please visit the Tennessee Public Participation Calendar for all upcoming meetings of the TEAC.


  • Jimmy Bailey, Principal, Arlington International Leadership Magnet
  • Representative Harry Brooks, Tennessee General Assembly
  • Pam East, Teacher, Scales Elementary School
  • Mike Edwards, President and CEO, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
  • Darrell S. Freeman Sr., Founder and Chairman, Zycon Inc.
  • Senator Delores Gresham, Tennessee General Assembly
  • Tomeka Hart, President and CEO, Memphis Urban League Inc.
  • Kenny Lou Heaton, Teacher, Cloudland High School
  • Patty T. Kiddy, Teacher, Selmer Elementary School
  • Jill Levine, Principal, Normal Park Museum Magnet
  • Representative Mark Maddox, Tennessee General Assembly
  • Dr. Gary Nixon, Chairman, State Board of Education
  • Jesse Register, Director, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Judy Stewart, Teacher, Franklin County High School
  • Dr. Timothy K. Webb, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education

Meeting dates and materials can found on the State’s Public Notice Calendar at www.tn.gov.

For archived materials, please visit http://www.tn.gov/education/TEAC.shtml.