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TESS for Teachers: Law & Process Training

Teacher Training

To ensure that Arkansas educators are prepared for evaluation under the Teacher Excellence and Support System, all teachers in Arkansas’ public and charter schools received training on the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS) Law and Process. Training support began during the spring of 2013. 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.  Training continued through both the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 school years.  


For the 2016-2017 school year, the TESS Law and Process training has been updated for those trained individuals who will deliver the TESS Law and Process training at local education cooperatives or local districts.


Training Materials for Framework Components

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:

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 GibsonEducator 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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