Tennessee’s multiple measure teacher evaluation system is foundational to high-quality instruction and has led to significantly positive impacts on student learning.

Teacher Evaluation: Driving Improved Instruction and Student Achievement

Tennessee’s commitment to annual teacher evaluations and providing educators with high-quality feedback has led to more effective instruction and significant advances in student achievement. Tennessee should preserve its evaluation system and aim to bolster and strengthen it so that educators continue receiving high-quality feedback that will, in turn, benefit all students.

Key points:

  • Required annual comprehensive statewide evaluation of teachers provides frequent feedback, based on multiple measures.
  • Feedback on teacher effectiveness leads to improved teacher quality, and research on Tennessee’s nationally recognized evaluation system shows it has led to improved student achievement.
  • On the most recent Tennessee Educator Survey, almost 80% of Tennessee teachers felt the evaluation process improved their teaching.