Special Announcement

2015-16 Training for TESS and LEADS

For further information please access Arkansas Department of Education

Check out this spotlight video from SREB demonstrating how TESS is impacting teachers at a school in Atkins. Click here.

What is TESS?

Arkansas took a critical step toward ensuring high-quality instruction and instructional leadership through the passage of the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS), which defines a support system for effective teaching and leading in Arkansas's schools. (Ark. Code Ann. ยง 6-17-2802 .pdf).

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In an effort to support administrators and teachers in this endeavor, ArkansasIDEAS has also assigned each course in the professional development learning management system (LMS) with a suggested domain component according to Charlotte Danielson's work, Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching. The framework divides the complex activity of teaching into 22 components clustered into four domains of teaching responsibility:

  1. Planning and Preparation
  2. Classroom Environment
  3. Instruction
  4. Professional Responsibilities