Measuring Student Growth is at the heart of what educators do; ensuring student achievement through daily instructional and assessment practices. The Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) includes evidences of both local and state measures for two possible contributions when determining student growth (704 KAR 3:370 Section 7(9)(a)
Local Contribution – Assessment Literacy Practices
Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System includes a local student growth contribution for all educators that is aligned to Kentucky’s Academic Standards (KAS). All educators in every grade level and content area use classroom evidences and data to construct a Student Growth Goal (SGG) in collaboration with an administrator. Assessment literacy is the foundation of the SGG which is designed to monitor the improvement of students from one point in time to another during the same academic year. Each year, educators and administrators use results from multiple assessments of student progress and district decision rules to determine a local student growth rating.
The state contribution for student growth, derived from the state assessment system, is a rating based on each student’s rate of change compared to other students with a similar test score history (“academic peers”) expressed as a percentile. The median is calculated using the student growth percentiles (SGP) for the students attributed to teachers of mathematics and English/language arts classes, grades 4-8. The scale for determining low/expected/high growth is provided by the Kentucky Board of Education.
Determining Overall Student Growth
The Overall Student Growth Rating for educators is derived when administrators apply the district-developed decision rules for combining local and state contributions of student growth. The district-developed decision rules aid the supervisor in applying professional judgment to multiple evidences of student growth over the time period identified in the SGG. Overall Student Growth Ratings include data from the SGG and MSGP (if applicable), as well as consider multiple years of trend data, when available (704 KAR 3:370 Section 7(10)(a)(b)