The Kentucky Framework for Teaching (KyFfT) (704 KAR 3:370 Section 7 (1)) is a foundational document for Kentucky educators as it provides teachers and evaluators concrete descriptions of ineffective, developing, accomplished, and exemplary practice. The research-based components of instruction were adapted from Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (2012), are aligned to the INTASC standards, and are grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching.
divides the complex activity of teaching into multiple standards clustered into four domains of teaching responsibility:
1. Planning and Preparation
2. Classroom Environment
4. Professional Responsibilities
The Framework provides the critical rubric for Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, detailing for educators and evaluators the concrete descriptions of practice associated with the four domains. For educators, the framework’s descriptions promote self-reflection and identification of professional growth needs. Evaluators use the KyFfT to determine a holistic rating for each domain as they consider evidences identified through self-reflection, professional growth, observations, student voice, as well as other district-approved evidences. Evaluators then follow the decision rules identified in the district certified evaluation plan to determine a Professional Practice Rating (704 KAR 3:370 Section 7 (5)(6)(7)(8)).