WHAT IS TAP AND THE BEST PRACTICES CENTER?

TAPTM: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, created by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), is a comprehensive school-reform. TAP supports teacher effectiveness and student outcomes through four key elements:

  • Multiple career paths for teachers
  • Instructionally focused accountability
  • Ongoing, applied professional growth
  • Performance-based compensation

NIET recently created the NIET Best Practices Center (BPC) Based on more than a decade of experience in schools across the country. Through the BPC, schools and districts can select one or more of the key elements of TAP to implement a customized version in targeted schools to address the specific needs of principals and their schools.   

Since 2003, schools have been implementing the TAP system in Louisiana and most recently, the Best Practices of TAP. As priority initiatives under the Department’s, Districts and schools across Louisiana (and the nation) are seeing positive impacts of TAP and Best Practices implementation through the Department’s principal support efforts. To learn more, click here.


BECOMING A TAP OR TAP BEST PRACTICE SCHOOL IN LOUISIANA

The Department has identified three different model options for TAP/NIET Best Practice expansion during 2016-2017.

Option 1: Individual Best Practices - Implement one or more of the NIET Best Practices throughout the district or at targeted school sites in a customized fashion to build on current district structures and varied school needs. Areas of support include: building collaborations, observing teachers and providing feedback, and implementing shared leadership structures.

Option 2: Targeted School(s) - Implement full TAP in one or more targeted schools. Districts selecting this option may also support additional sites with the incorporation of Best Practices (Option 1).

Option 3: District-Wide Implementation - Implement full TAP across all schools. District will develop a strategy and timeline for identifying schools for TAP implementation over a period of years.

For more information on these options, access the 2016-2017 TAP and NIET Best Practice Guidance.


TOOLS AND Resources to Support TAP Implementation


Visit the TAP Library to explore a variety of TAP’s resources.