TESS Rubric Descriptors

Our classroom and specialty educators strive to promote learning and growth for the students and themselves. Evidence of this work may be seen by multiple measures of student growth on local assessments and statewide tests; in consistent planning and preparing to meet the unique needs of each learner; through a welcoming, caring culture and climate; thoughtful and evidence-based instructional and assessment practices; and continually adhering to professional responsibilities.

The rubric descriptors below provide guidance towards the aforementioned areas.

Teaching standing in front of classroom

Classroom Teacher



Instructional specialist working with student

Instructional Specialist



Children working at table

Gifted Coordinator



Child selecting book in library

Library Media Specialist



Speech language pathologist working with student

Speech Language Pathologist

School counselor talking with student

School Counselor



Psychologist talking with student

School Psychologist



teacher standing in front of board

Multi-Classroom Leader




For more information, please contact:

Kim Wright, Educator Support and Development Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 405B
Little Rock, AR 72201