PDAS remains in place during the 2014-15 school year as the State's approved instrument for appraising its teachers and identifying areas that would benefit from staff development. Cornerstones of the process include a minimum of one 45-minute observation and completion of the Teacher Self-Report form. PDAS includes 51 criteria within eight domains reflecting the Proficiencies for Learner-Centered Instruction adopted in 1997 by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The domains are:
Included in the appraisal system are Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) and Administrator Appraisal.
A new Teacher Evaluation and Support System is under development and has been designed utilizing extensive input from the state’s teachers, principals, and administrators. As part of the state’s waiver from specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (more commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has submitted to the U.S. Department of Education specific details of a new teacher evaluation and support system that will be piloted in as many as 72 school districts and charters in the 2014-2015 school year.
The new "state-recommended system" will be offered to all districts in the 2015-2016 school year; however, the agency has indicated (as of May 2014) that the decision to use this system is a local one. While TEA acknowledges that use of the new system is voluntary, they point out that the state of Washington recently lost its waiver for failing to follow through on the use of an evaluation system that includes a student growth measure and that waivers for three additional states have been placed on high-risk status by the U.S. Department of Education for similar circumstances.