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TESS Training Materials and Resources

Administrator Training

During the spring and summer of 2013, all administrators in Arkansas were required to attend a one-day training for the Teacher Evaluation Support System (TESS). The documents listed below represent the content of the training notebooks.

Teacher Training

All teachers in Arkansas’ public and charter schools received training on the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS) law and process.  Every school building was allowed to send one person to the TESS training during the spring of 2013 who then facilitated a three (3) hour, face-to-face training for teachers.  The documents listed below represent the content of the training notebooks.

Administrator Resources

Evaluation Proficiency Assessment Information 

The Framework for Teaching by Charlotte Danielson provides the foundation for the Arkansas Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS). Teachscape partnered with Charlotte Danielson and Educational Testing Service (ETS) to develop FOCUS (formerly known as FfTPS), a software that provides district evaluators with comprehensive training and scoring practice, followed by a scientifically designed assessment of ability to accurately and consistently apply the Danielson rubric for teaching performance.  All administrators who will conduct summative evaluations of teacher will complete the training and pass a proficiency assessment using the FOCUS system.  Assessment Information will provide details about preparation for and passing the required online assessment for teacher evaluators.

Teacher Resources

Training Materials for Framework Components

The Framework for Teaching Effectiveness Series (FFTES) is the Teachscape application for training Arkansas teachers in Framework for Teaching rubric by Charlotte Danielson.  All teachers will access FFTES through the AETN/IDEAS portal.  If an Arkansas public school teacher does not have an active user account, she or he should call 1-800-488-6689 or email  Click here to access Teachscape through IDEAS.

The Arkansas Department of Education has also created training presentations and facilitation guides to provide educators additional materials and resources and the opportunity for ongoing professional to deepen the understanding of the Framework for Teaching, the foundation for TESS. Please click here to access the presentations and guides.


For more information, please contact:

TESS assistance - 
Sandra HurstDirector of Educator Effectiveness
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Room 103-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-682-8526
Fax: 501-682-1193
Becky Gibson, Teacher Evaluation Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Room 107-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-3160
Fax: 501-682-5118

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