Petition to Pause Educator Evaluations Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Commissioner Mike Morath, Texas Education Agency (TEA), and Indepedent Public School Districts & Local Board of Trustree Members

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Sign our petition to:

  1. Urge Education Commissioner Mike Morath and TEA to issue guidance and a recommendation to LEAs at all Texas school districts to pause educator evaluations for the 2019-2020 academic year. Currently TEA has only provided guidance and a bureaucratic process for local school districts to apply for waivers. Let's avoid a long process and provide all school districts with an immediate waiver.
  2. Local school districts may already apply to TEA for a waiver to pause educator evaluations for 2019-2020. Not all school districts use the same evaluation instrument and may use an alternative appraisal system. Waivers requests for any Evaluation system may be made to TEA. Even though we are seeking a statewide waiver from TEA, we encourage local school boards adopt resolutions requesting a waiver from the state.
It is time that Texas take a fair approach for all educators. A pause of state evaluation requirements is not an indication that evaluation and professional growth are not essential but would instead signal that school district leaders should direct critical human capital and resources towards crisis management. The priority should be to support the ongoing needs of students and families, educators, and other support personnel within the community.

At this critical time during a global pandemic, teachers, support personnel, and administrators are making every attempt to address and fulfill the needs of all children. The primary goal of the educator evaluation system is to strengthen individual and collective practices to increase student learning and development. However, at this extraordinary time, the primary focus of the educational community should be on student health, safety, and emotional well-being.

Sign our petition today to urge Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to issue guidance to LEAs to pause evaluations for the 2019-2020 academic year. In the meantime, we also encourage local school districts to adopt resolutions requesting a waiver from TEA to pause appraisals for this academic year.

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To: Commissioner Mike Morath, Texas Education Agency (TEA), and Indepedent Public School Districts & Local Board of Trustree Members
From: [Your Name]

As an educator and Texas AFT member and/or supporter, I hereby request that Commissioner Mike Morath and TEA to issue guidance and a recommendation to LEAs at all Texas school districts to pause educator evaluations for the 2019-2020 academic year. In the meantime, we also encourage all local Board of Trustee members of our independent public school districts to adopt resolutions requesting a waiver to pause appraisals for the 2019-2020 academic year.

At this critical time during a global pandemic, teachers, support personnel, and administrators are making every attempt to address and fulfill the needs of all children--regardless of physical and technical barriers. Teachers are developing new ways to teach creatively and to inspire students even under the most daunting of circumstances and with an unknown end in sight. Educators are now working under conditions never envisioned under any educator evaluation system. At this time, it is unfair and unreliable to measure educator performance under these unprecedented circumstances.

A pause of state evaluation requirements is not an indication that evaluation and professional growth are not essential but would instead signal that school district leaders should direct critical human capital and resources towards crisis management. The priority should be to support the ongoing needs of students and families, educators, and other support personnel within the community.

The primary goal of the educator evaluation system is to strengthen individual and collective practices to increase student learning and development. However, at this extraordinary time, the primary focus of the educational community should be on student health, safety, and emotional well-being.

Thank you for listening to and supporting Texas educators during this difficult time.