What T-TESS Taught Me About Jesus.

This afternoon, our 4th graders did a lap around the school with their own prepared chants and songs since they are taking their STAAR – Writing next week. I will say that my coworker and I definitely hit the dab more times than we can count & yelled at the top of our lungs for those sweet kids. On a side note- the sense of community that burst through was something incredibly memorable. What would it look if we cheered each other on at the top of our lungs?

Evaluation season is upon us. This not only rings true for our babies taking the STAAR test, but it is just as true for the educators in the classroom. This year is the first year of implementing a new teacher evaluation system, also known as T-TESS. For the non-educator readers, T-TESS stands for Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. As mentioned by the name, this program aims to evaluate while simultaneously providing support for teachers to deepen their skills in order to provide the highest quality education possible. One of the components for this evaluation system includes teachers gathering evidence in order to justify the score that will eventually be given.

As I sat in front of computer this afternoon, I began to reflect on what evidence I could gather in order to “present” myself as worthy enough to receive a score of proficient or higher. And, without a moment’s notice, I began to think about the vast difference between T-TESS and the Gospel.

T-TESS calls the teacher to prove themselves worthy.
The Gospel simply deems us as worthy enough because of God’s love for us.

T-TESS expects the teacher to show evidence for all the works they have done.
The Gospel calls for the recognition of the greatest work of Love that has been done for us.

So, my teacher friends and anyone else in the midst of evaluation season, keep your eyes on Jesus. Yes, we are still required to be the best stewards of where we are currently, but do not get discouraged by current evaluations/upcoming evaluations because God has already evaluated us. He deems us worthy and more than good enough.

Romans 3:24–25  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

With love,

PS – Thank you for encouraging me to still write. ❤

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