Student Growth

Published: 4/28/2017 12:54 PM

This page is currently undergoing updates to reflect the changes established in Senate Bill 1 (2017). Senate Bill 1, (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. If you have questions related to Student Growth, please contact Christine Meisberger at (502) 564-1479.

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 other professionals that are aligned to their applicable national student standards or Kentucky’s Academic Standards (KAS). All educators in every grade level and content area use student/ program 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.
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 (if applicable) 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)).
The local contribution of student growth is based on sound assessment practices. Educators move beyond the limitations of assessing using one measure (i.e. pre- and post-test assessing the same standards) to promoting the purposeful application of assessment that tracks growth toward proficiency in an enduring skill, process or concept.

Student growth goals (SGG) are grounded in the fundamentals of assessment quality (clear purpose and targets, sound design, effective communication, and student involvement). The district defined measures for determining a SGG rating is based on the degree to which a teacher meets the growth goal for a set of students over an identified interval of instruction (i.e. trimester, semester, year-long). The district’s criteria and protocol used to measure the SGG ensures that all teachers set high standards for rigor and comparable growth.

The student growth process involves engagement in five distinct steps adapted for Kentucky from Student Achievement Goal Setting: Using Data to Improve Teaching and Learning by Stronge and Grant (2009). Those five steps are exemplified in the text Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Doing it Right – Using it Well, by Stiggins, Arter, Chappuis, and Chappuis (2006) and its supporting workbooks. 
Student Growth Process Steps
Each step of the student growth process is associated with guidance and additional resources to help Kentucky educators engage in the student growth process. 
*Click on a picture below to view guidance for that specific step of the student growth process

Christine Meisberger
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Next Generation Professionals
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479
Fax (502) 564-6470