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
- 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.
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.
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.