Improving Teacher Retention with Focused Professional Development on the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System
Teacher retention is a significant issue that needs to be addressed. Creating an environment where teachers feel supported and valued is crucial in retaining them. One way to do this is through the T-TESS appraisal system, which requires educating teachers about the process and setting clear expectations. A study was conducted with Rural High School Teachers to determine their knowledge and comfort level with the T-TESS system and the effect of professional development on teacher retention. The study revealed four themes, including the need for teachers to feel comfortable with observers in the classroom and the importance of a teacher’s relationship with their appraiser. The study emphasizes the need to support teachers to retain them, so they can provide quality education for students. Teacher appraisal systems, like T-TESS, should encourage growth and development, not create anxiety.