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Educator Evaluation

In July 2011, Tennessee became one of the first states in the country to implement a comprehensive, student outcomes-based, statewide educator evaluation system: the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM).This implementation was a key tenet of Tennessee’s First to the Top Act, adopted by the General Assembly with bipartisan support during 2010’s extraordinary session under the backdrop of the federal Race to the Top competition. This landmark legislation established the parameters of a new teacher and principal evaluation system and committed to implementation during the 2011-12 school year.

More information about the Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model is available at

Information about evaluation in non-public schools is available here.

Implementation Reports

The department releases annual reports on the teacher evaluation system, detailing lessons learned from each year of implementation as well as recommendations to improve evaluation in the year ahead.