This afternoon, MNPS teachers and staff were informed of the State’s decision on Dr. Jesse Register’s request for the state to delay using the TRIPOD survey in this year’s evaluations. According to Dr. Register, this request was denied and thus, in this year’s evaluations, the results of the surveys will count for 5% of the qualitative (i.e., observational) portion of each classroom teacher’s evaluation. The full email from Dr. Register is below.
From: Register, Jesse
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2013 3:18 PM
To: MNPS Teachers – All
Cc: MNPS Principals – All
Subject: Update on TRIPOD Request
Dear Certificated Staff:
As promised, I am updating you on our request to the Tennessee Department of Education to use TRIPOD on a formative basis this fall and allow teachers to choose whether to use spring TRIPOD data in their evaluations.
Last Friday, I learned both these requests were denied. I am disappointed, and I expect you are, that we will not be able to use the survey data for formative use only this fall. As I mentioned in my email last week, I am convinced the survey will be valuable to teachers and administrators in the longer.
Therefore, please understand that TRIPOD will count as 5% of the qualitative (observational) portion of each classroom teacher’s evaluation. Results from the two administrations will be averaged together, except in the case in which two administrations are not possible. In such cases, one administration will be used for the full 5% weight in the evaluation. If no survey administrations are possible, such as is the case for teachers with fewer than 10 students, then the 5% reverts back to observation.
If you have not already, I encourage you to look at last spring’s survey data, now available online in CODE, and to use those results as you plan your work for the balance of the year. If you are a new teacher or have no survey results for last year, please ask your principal to share school-level results with you. They are in much the same format as teacher results.
We believe the TRIPOD survey will ultimately be beneficial to teachers and our district and will help inform our instructional practices. If you are interested in reading research on the survey, consider reading the research linked below.
For the MET project:
Article containing a literature review with further references:
A magazine article that discusses the research:
In conclusion, please accept my gratitude for the hard work that you are doing. I look forward to working with you as we continuously improve our own performance and the success of children in Metro Schools.
Jesse B. Register, Ed. D.
Director of Schools
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Is the administration of the Tripod survey optional, or do all districts have to use it?
Knox Co is administering the survey but it will not be used THIS year as part of the teacher’s evaluation. The survey, however, IS optional and students do not have to take it or answer the questions. Parents can also decide to opt out their children with a note or email to a teacher or administrator.