Definitions

Data capture year

The year in which the teacher observation and student growth measure is collected based on the proposed local teacher designation system.

Data review

Second step of the local optional designation system review. Texas Tech University will review the teacher observation and student growth measure data from the data capture year.

Designations

Teacher designations that last for five years and range from recognized to exemplary to master.

Eligible assignment

Teacher assignments by campus, subject taught or grade taught.

Local optional designation system

District systems to issue teacher designations that require a two-step approval process.

National Board Certification

A national certification that qualifies teachers for a recognized designation.

Reliability

The degree to which an instrument used to measure teacher performance and student growth produces stable and consistent results.

Rural

Campuses.

a. within a district with fewer than 5,000 enrolled students that is categorized as a rural district type by the Texas Education Agency (TEA or agency).

b. within a district with fewer than 5,000 enrolled students categorized as rural by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

c. defined in TEC, §48.112(a)(l)(A) and (B) that are categorized as rural by NCES in districts with an enrollment of less than 5,000.

Student Growth

The performance of teachers' students is how the individual teacher's students progress academically in response to the teacher's pedagogical practice as measured at the individual teacher level by one or more standards-aligned measures of student growth.

System Review

First step of the local optional designation system review and will contain the qualitative processes and be reviewed by TEA.

Teacher

An educator who is employed by a school or district and who, not less than an average of four hours each day, teaches in an academic instructional setting or a career and technical instructional setting. This term does not include those who are not coded as an 087 in PEIMS at 100% of the day (equivalent to four and one-half months or a full semester) or 180 days required at 50-99% of the day.

Teacher Observation

At least one observation of a minimum of 45 minutes or multiple observations that aggregate to at least 45 minutes.

Validity

The degree to which the instrument measures what it is intended to measure.