Educator Appraisal Waivers

Waivers will be reviewed and approved, pursuant to the Commissioner’s general waiver authority under Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.056, for school districts and charter schools that are unable to meet the requirements of TEC, §21.351 and §21.352, or TEC, §21.3541, and the applicable rules in Title 19, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 150, for teacher appraisal, principal appraisal, and campus administrator appraisal due to circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is up to the discretion of the district or charter school as to which aspects of the appraisal process they can complete and which, if any, aspects cannot be completed, and thus would be covered under a waiver, due to operational disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. The waiver would permit a district or charter school to appraise or not appraise some or all of its teachers, principals, and administrators.

District appraisal policies that are local in nature, not required by Texas Education Code or Texas Administrative Code, and that are unable to be met due to COVID-19 related circumstances, could be revisited by a district’s board of trustees. A district should consult with its legal counsel or seek support from TASB when considering such policy revisions.

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