In the spring of 2009, the Kentucky legislature passed Senate Bill 1, a comprehensive system of education reform, that called for new, more rigorous standards, a new assessment and accountability system, and a focus on student readiness. Recognizing how important effective teachers and principals are to student success, House Bill 180 (2013) cleared the way for a new statewide professional growth and effectivness system.
The design for PGES was to promote the vision of continuous professional growth and development of skills needed to be a highly effective educator, as well as a fair and equitable statewide evaluation system. Kentucky's PGES is based upon extensive research, including the Measures of Effective Teaching (2009) project, launched to test multiple measures of teacher effectiveness. The goal of the MET project is to improve the quality of information about teaching effectiveness available to education professionals within states and districts—information that will help them build fair and reliable systems for teacher observation that can be used for a variety of purposes, including feedback, development, and continuous improvement.
Kentucky Regulation 704 KAR 3:370, amended in 2013, provides detailed information on the minimum requirements of Kentucky's PGES.