Other Professionals Professional Growth and Effectiveness System

Published: 10/21/2014 2:08 PM

The vision for the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) is to have every student taught by an effective teacher and every school led by an effective principal.  The goal is to create a fair and equitable system to measure teacher and leader effectiveness and act as a catalyst for professional growth.  OPGES is a portion of the PGES system designed for Other Professionals who have a nontraditional educational setting.  Other Professionals will use the Kentucky Framework for Teaching-Specialist Frameworks, which includes five unique frameworks designed specifically for the Other Professional job responsibilities.  Other Professionals will use these specialist frameworks during the summative evaluation process, just like classroom teachers will use the Kentucky Framework for Teaching.

Other Professional Categories
  • School counselors – may be in summative year
  • School level library/media specialists
  • School psychologists
  • School instructional specialist/curriculum coaches
  • School speech therapists
Participant Requirements
  • Must be certified through EPSB
  • Must be tenured
  • Must not be in a summative year unless the district is running a dual system during the 2014-15 year (check District Certified Evaluation Plan (CEP) for clarification on dual system).
Other Professionals Not Participating in the Pilot
Other Professionals who choose not to participate in the OPGES pilot or who do not qualify to participate, (tenured, EPSB certified, etc…) will be evaluated using the districts previous evaluation system that was in place prior to the PGES implementation. Other professionals not participating in the pilot do not use TPGES. Each district is to give clarification on their district’s evaluation system in their Certified Evaluation Plan (CEP).
However, since Professional Growth Plans have always been a part of district evaluation systems, non-pilot Other Professionals may participate in the new process of Self-Reflection and Professional Growth Planning within PGES.  Other Professionals should make sure to use the Self-Reflection form specific to them and not the teacher Self-Reflection form.

 OPGES Pilot Overview

2014-2015 Pilot Requirements
Districts- All districts are required to participate in the OPGES pilot and should identify at least one person from each of the above categories who meet the requirements.  Districts may select more than one participant per category if they so choose.
School- Schools that have participants participating in the OPGES pilot will also have principals/assistant principals participating as primary evaluators
Other Professionals- Other professionals will complete each of the 5 evidences: Observation (supervisor and peer), Self-Reflection, Professional Growth Goals, Student Growth Goals, and Student Voice.  These evidences will use the Specialist frameworks and content specific goals and skills.  For more information about each evidence, please visit the pages in the left hand navigation bar.
Evaluator Training
Principals who complete Teachscape training are certified to observe Other Professionals during the OPGES pilot. After completing Teachscape and Initial Evaluator Training, the OPGES Guidance Document for Observers should be reviewed as well.
Pilot Participant Training
OPGES Pilot participants should attend any PGES trainings offered in their school and/or district.
Advice from the Field
Matt Thompson, Assistant Superintendent, discusses Scott county's work conducting the 2014-15 OPGES Pilot. Building upon successes and lessons learned from last year's PGES Pilot, others can use Matt's insights as examples to adapt to their district's needs. 

 OPGES Pilot Implementation: Interview with Scott County



OPGES Pilot Participant Manual


OPGES Overview Powerpoint Everything you need to know about the OPGES Pilot can be found here.

OPGES Determining Rules This document will help determine whether an educator falls under TPGES or OPGES.

Guide to OPGES Professional Learning Targets

OPGES Year at a Glance Calendar


For EDS resources for OPGES, including Pilot Participant set-up in Infinite Campus, please visit the EDS Professional Learning Resources page.

OPGES Pilot Forms  Paper version of all EDS forms. These forms may be used as practice forms, or as back up forms in case an Other Professional is experiencing difficulty being connected to the correct framework in CIITS/EDS.  If an Other Professional is correctly connected to their framework in CIITS/EDS, please use EDS to record all sources of evidence.

This is a zip file and may not open on iOs devices. This folder contains Self-Reflection, Professional Growth Plan and Student Growth Goal forms for each category of Other Professionals; Observation forms for observers and peer observers; and an Overall Other Professional Performance Category form.

Amy Jacobs
Office of Next-Generation Learners
Division of Next-Generation Professionals
500 Mero Street, 19th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479
Fax (502) 564-6470