A professional growth plan (PGP)
or improvement plan
can be issued to an employee any time the supervisor believes there is a need for improvement.
There is a specific type of growth plan (known as a TINA and discussed below) required when a teacher receives certain scores on a PDAS evaluation. However, this rule that requires TINA in some cases does not prohibit the issuance of a general growth plan for other reasons, at the supervisor’s discretion.
A supervisor generally has the option of placing an employee on a growth plan even in the absence of a poor evaluation score or any other prior warnings. Of course, it is “best practice” for a supervisor to discuss the need for improvement with an employee prior to issuing a growth plan. However, the law does not require this; it is just a matter of good management skills.
Keep in mind that a growth plan is not, in and of itself, evidence of wrongdoing or poor job performance. On the other hand, failure to comply with a growth plan could be a problem and could constitute grounds for nonrenewal or termination.
TINA (Intervention plan for a “Teacher in Need of Assistance”)
PDAS rules require that a specific type of growth plan be developed if at least two domains are scored as "below expectations" or at least one domain is scored as "unsatisfactory" on a teacher’s PDAS appraisal. This type of growth plan is named in the PDAS rules as Intervention Plan for a Teacher in Need of Assistance
, hence, the acronym TINA
. When required, the appraiser and the campus principal or designee shall develop the plan in consultation with the teacher. The plan shall include the following:
Domain(s) that designate the teacher as a teacher in need of assistance;
Directives or recommendations for professional improvement activities;
Evidence that will be used to determine successful completion of improvement activities;
Directives for changes in the teacher’s behavior;
Evidence that will be used to determine if the teacher’s behavior has changed; and
Specific timeline for successful completion.
In addition, the PDAS rules provide that an intervention plan may be developed for a teacher at the discretion of the appraiser anytime the appraiser has documentation that could
result in a rating of “below expectations” or “unsatisfactory” on an appraisal.