TLE Newsletter

engageOK TLE - Educator EffectivenessTLE oversees Oklahoma’s new teacher/leader evaluation system that is used to inform instruction, create professional development opportunities, and improve both the practice and art of teaching and leading.  Visit the TLE web page


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  • Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:24pm


    Exploring Student Academic Growth Measures

    In accordance with Senate Bill 706, the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Commission shall recommend to the State Board of Education multiple reliable, research-based measures for providing a quantitative evaluation component for teachers in grades and subjects for which there is no state-mandated testing measure.  The State Board of Education shall approve and publish a list of approved measures by February 1, 2016.  A study focusing on the teacher evaluation system in over 30 states found the following six commonly-used quantitative measurements:

    • Student-Learning Objectives
    • Teacher Portfolios
    • Utilization of Current Diagnostic Tools
    • Benchmark Assessments
    • Measures of Collective Performance
    • Student Surveys

    While none of the listed student growth measures have been approved by the TLE Commission, working groups have been formed to gain deeper insight on each measurement in determining the benefits and detriments of each measurement.  Partnerships with a variety of school districts to pilot these measures coupled with feedback from teachers and administrators will help create a well-rounded list that can be adapted to meet the academic goals of all school districts.

    You can access a copy of SB 706 here.


    Options Over Requirements for Districts

    Prior to Senate Bill 706, quantitative measurements were assigned to tested- and non-tested teachers without input from individual districts.  Once the list of student academic growth measures are finalized, districts will have the option to choose the measurements they feel best meet the needs of their educators and students.  This increase in local control allows for greater alignment between evaluations and the goals of individual schools.  According to SB 706, the State Board of Education shall approve the measurement list by February 1, 2016.  While the quantitative portion of TLE will go into effect for the 2016-17 school year, it will not affect teacher employment decisions until the 2017-18 school year.


    Listen, Stay Informed, Find Your Voice

    Over the next several weeks, the TLE Commission will be holding working groups to discuss different student academic growth measures.  All the audio for each meeting can be found on the state TLE website or click here.  We encourage everyone to stay informed through these audio recordings and offer your feedback through the surveys linked to each session.  Your voice is valued and plays a role in the decision-making process for the TLE Commission.


    We Want to Hear from You

    The Office of Educator Effectiveness is actively soliciting feedback to improve our evaluation system.  The State Department of Education serves all educators and values ideas and suggestions geared toward improving learning and strengthening teachers.  If you have any questions/suggestions regarding teacher evaluation or would like to schedule a training, you can reach Dr. Perez at or Ginger DiFalco at

  • Wed, 08/19/2015 - 9:11am

    August 2015

    SB 706 Updates TLE Process

    On July 1, 2015 Senate Bill 706 went into effect, amending a variety of provisions related to the TLE evaluation system.  As written in SB 706, the revisions are designed to produce a system that promotes reflection and professional growth for teachers and leaders.

    For the purposes of beginning a new school year, it should be noted that OAMs are no longer required.  Other notable changes include:

    • It is no longer required that both the qualitative and quantitative components make up 50% of the evaluation.  Instead each teacher and administrator will receive both a qualitative and quantitative rating.
    • Local school district boards of education can choose from a list of research-based options approved by the State Board of Education for quantitative evaluation methods for teachers of non-tested grades and subjects.  For those teachers who have at least one tested grade or subject can have up to 50% of their quantitative rating based on methods chosen from the list.
    • For the 2015-2016 school year, school districts have the option of basing their evaluations solely on qualitative components.  Roster Verification data must still be collected, but will not impact this year's evaluation.
    • Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, school districts are to fully incorporate both the qualitative and quantitative components of the TLE for evaluations at all school sites.  
    • Full implementation of TLE evaluations for the purposes of employment decisions will begin in the 2017-2018 school year

    More information regarding SB 706 will follow in future newsletters.  You can access a copy of the bill here.




  • Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:52pm
  • Tue, 01/06/2015 - 2:08pm

    Topics include:

    • OSDE Makes Recommendations to State Board
    • Visit the Oklahoma SLO/SOO Community of Practice website!
    • Value-Added Training and Implementation Survey-Winter 2015
    • Release date for 2013-2014 VAM reports

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  • Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:52am

    Topics include:

    • Clarification of SLO/SOO Policies
    • Guidelines on VAM and SLO/SOO results
    • Recommended Reading
    • Upcoming Commission Meeting

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  • Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:43pm

    Topics include:

    • SREB Focus Group Update
    • Farewell to Asst. State Superintendent White
    • Recommended Reading
    • Upcoming SLO/SOO Training

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  • Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:19pm

    Topics include:

    • Register Now for SLO/SOO Training
    • Information regarding OAM Reports
    • TLE Focus Groups

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  • Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:58pm

    Topics include:

    • Register Soon for SLO/SOO Train-the-Trainer Sessions for District Lead(s)
    • Questions of the Month
    • Upcoming District Sessions
    • Friendly Reminders

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  • Tue, 07/01/2014 - 4:22pm

    Topics include:

    • American Institutes for Research to conduct SLO/SOO train-the-trainer sessions
    • TLE Question of the Month: Can a dean of students evaluate teachers?
    • Recommended reading: Beyond the Numbers

    Read the full July TLE Newsletter







  • Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:28pm

    Topics Include:

    • Impending Deadline for Mandatory Roster Verification for All Districts
    • When is SLO/SOO training?
    • What is the recertification process for school administrators/leaders who evaluate teachers/leaders under TLE law?

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