Senate Bill 1 (2017)
(SB1), (effective immediately due to an emergency clause) brings significant change to Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System. It requires districts to implement a personnel evaluation system aligned to a statewide framework that promotes continuous professional growth and development of skills needed to be a highly effective teacher or administrator. Additionally, the new law requires the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to adopt regulations to guide local districts as they create and implement local systems.
Due to the timeline of the regulatory process and changes enacted with SB 1, districts are not required to submit 2017 – 2018 certified evaluation plans (CEP) to KDE for review and approval. Because regulations will not be in place prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 school year on which districts are to base local systems (which technically begins July 1), districts can opt to continue using PGES for the 2017-18 school year, but would be permitted due to SB 1 to make any tweaks or changes to that system by local board action prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. This means local boards would need to make any changes to their current system at a board meeting that occurs prior to July 1, 2017 (and involve the 50/50 committee). KDE will continue to provide support for the PGES system for those districts that choose to continue using it.
The regulations will likely be presented to the Kentucky Board of Education this fall and in place by spring 2018. This will give districts time during the 2017-18 school year to make any broad changes to their systems, based upon the regulations, and then get it approved by the local board of education prior to July 1, 2018.
Additional information regarding the development of a 2017-18 certified evaluation plan and a proposed timeline for development of the regulations were provided in a KDE webcast on Monday April 24. A recording of that webcast can be accessed here
Contact Kevin Stull
or staff in the Division of Next Generation Professionals at 502-564-1479 if you have questions or need assistance with the 2017-18 CEP.