April 11 2014

Published: 4/14/2014 10:01 AM
In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:

• EDS: Summative Evaluation Tool
• Link to Recording of April 8-9, KBE Meeting
• Report from the Interactive Survey Administered During March 28 Superintendents Webcast
• One-Stop-Shop of Resources for 2014-15 PGES Implementation
• Southern Regional Education Board’s Report on Career and Technical Education in Kentucky
• Next Superintendents’ Webcast on April 30 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
• KBE Reviews the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System
• Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Lewis Carter of Monroe County
• Commissioner’s Blog
 
 Fast Five on Friday
(Nine This Week)
 
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EDS: Summative Evaluation Tool
The end of the 2013-14 PGES pilot year is fast approaching.  To conclude the evaluative component of the pilot, the Summative Evaluation Tool and several resources are set for release on April 21st.  To help administrators in the completion of the matrix model, the KDE is providing the following:
 
1. Quick Reference Card: guides users through the completion of summative form in EDS
2. Video Tutorial: Amanda Ellis, Division Director of Next Generation Professionals, explains processes and narrates considerations when completing the PGES matrix model
3. Preparation Checklist:  provides electronic documents with resource hyperlinks or printable documents in a pdf format
 
Further details, location of resources and hyperlinks will be announced in the April 18th edition of the Fast Five. All districts must submit Summative Evaluations in EDS no later than May 15th.
 
If you have questions about EDS, contact Cathy White at cathy.white@education.ky.gov. Questions about the Summative Evalutation process in PGES go to Amanda Ellis at amanda.ellis@education.ky.gov.
 
Link to Recording of April 8-9 KBE Meeting
The Kentucky Board of Education met on the afternoon of April 8 for a study session on student growth and the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System and high school assessment issues.  On April 9, the regular board meeting occurred with approval of the PGES regulation occurring as well as a presentation by Dr. Gene Bottoms on the recommendations from the Southern Regional Education Board’s study on career and technical education.
 
You can access a recording of the meeting as follows:
 
 
 
Report from the Interactive Survey Administered During the March 28 Superintendents Webcast
Attached is the report from the interactive survey administered during the March 28 Superintendents’ Webcast. KDE will review your feedback to see how we might need to adjust our work on the affected topics.
 
One-Stop-Shop of Resources for 2014-15 PGES Implementation
With the help of PGES pilot districts, the effectiveness coaches have assembled a month-by-month implementation guide with links to the resources that schools and districts may use to help implement the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) fully in 2014-15, as required by statute.
 
Go to http://education.ky.gov/teachers/PGES/Pages/PGES.aspx; scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System Resources to Support Full Implementation 2014-15.” If you haven’t started implementation, this document takes you through all steps. If you are further down the line, use the resources as they fit your needs.
 
We at KDE are anticipating the growth of college and career readiness for all students that will result from moving forward with the full implementation of the effectiveness system this fall!
 
Southern Regional Education Board’s Report on Career and Technical Education in Kentucky
The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee that includes state and local center teachers and administrators, higher education, and business leaders obtained the services of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to conduct a study and make recommendations on how to move from two systems of career and technical education in Kentucky to one world-class system of technical centers. This week, Dr. Gene Bottoms of SREB presented the report to the Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee and the Kentucky Board of Education.
 
The full report contains four major recommendations and can be found at http://education.ky.gov/CTE/cter/Documents/SREB_ky_report_final.pdf.
 
Additionally, my blog this week (link found in the article below) comments on this report.
 
Next Superintendents’ Webcast on April 30 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
The next superintendents’ webcast will occur on April 30 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET. Please put this on your calendars.
 
Tentative topics include textbook adoption process, budget language affecting school districts, Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System and legislative update.
 
As usual, we will send you the PowerPoint and link to the webcast prior to the broadcast.
 
KBE Reviews the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System
On April 9th, the Kentucky Board of Education reviewed the work of the Next Generation Superintendent Effectiveness Steering Committee and gave very positive feedback. Kenton County Superintendent, Dr. Terri Cox Cruey; Floyd County Superintendent, Dr. Henry Webb; and KDE Chief of Staff Dr. Tommy Floyd presented a report on the status of the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (SPGES).
 
The tool still needs to be finalized.  There is an option for a locally developed tool and an alignment rubric is being developed. A pilot of the superintendent effectiveness system is scheduled for this fall with full implementation in the 2015-16 school year.
 
A list of the Next Generation Superintendent Effectiveness Steering Committee is attached.
 
As the school year draws to a close, don’t forget about the conversations on district delivery targets, resource and support systems and facilities and resources that you need to be having with your board as part of your annual summative evaluation. As you did last fall, you will need to complete the Superintendent Evaluation Diagnostic in ASSIST and upload documentation. At the recommendation of the Superintendent PGES Steering Committee, this process will become an annual component of the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan titled “Superintendent Assurances.” In the coming months, please expect guidance on the SPGES support and training intended for superintendents and local board members.
 
Please contact Dr. Tommy Floyd, KDE Chief of Staff, for more information at tommy.floyd@education.ky.gov.
 
Superintendents’ Spotlight Featuring Lewis Carter, Monroe County (Picture)
Superintendent Lewis Carter has made a concerted effort to recognize the winner in everyone he meets in the Monroe County school district. From the classroom to the ball field, he can often be seen celebrating students’ and staff’s accomplishments be it a last-second buzzer beater or a preschool student who has mastered tying his shoe. Superintendent Carter finds the winner in everyone and because of his leadership, Monroe County is building a tradition of winners.
 
Monroe County High School has been designated a Distinguished school at the state level scoring in the 94th percentile as well as being a high-ranking school in college- and career-readiness. Monroe County Middle School has been designated as a School to Watch and has seen a 12 percent increase in scores across the board which resulted in a 45 percent gain. Gamaliel Elementary School is a National Blue Ribbon School, an NCEA/ACT Higher Performing School and a Kentucky Department of Education Winners Circle Honor School. Tompkinsville Elementary School is a 2013 Distinguished, high-performing, high progress school, ranking in the top 10 percent in academic achievement and growth in the state.
 
During Carter’s tenure, the number of dropouts has fallen from 20 per year to zero each year in the past three years. All schools have a Response to Intervention program addressing individual student needs. The district also has been recognized for energy conservation efforts implemented across the county. The district’s alternative learning center, the Falcon Academy, was acknowledged as a Best Practice Site in the state for alternative schools.
 
Monroe County and Superintendent Carter believes that everyone has a winner inside and it is his and the district’s mission to ensure that everyone finds the winner within them.
 
Commissioner’s Blog
My blog this week is titled “Creating a World Class System of Technical Centers”. It can be accessed at the following link:  http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/2014/04/creating-world-class-system-of.html
 
If you have questions on any of the articles included in this edition of Fast Five, please contact me at the e-mail address or phone number found below.
 
Terry Holliday, Ph.D.
Commissioner of Education
Kentucky Department of Education
Office 502-564-3141
Fax 502-564-5680
E-mail Terry.Holliday@education.ky.gov
Twitter @kycommissioner
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