Principal Summative Evaluation

Published: 4/28/2017 12:53 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 the Principal Summative Evaluation, please contact Jim Freeman at (502) 564-1479.

The Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) was created in response to Senate Bill 1 (2009) and advised by the Principal Effectiveness Steering Committee (PESC) to:

  • promote the vision of continuous professional growth needed to be a highly effective educator
  • create a fair and equitable system to evaluate an educator’s effectiveness
Although the summative evaluation process for principals differs somewhat from district to district based upon individual district certified evaluation plans (CEP), the overall performance category for all Kentucky principals is determined when evaluators apply the decision rules to combine the professional practice rating and student growth rating. The graphics below further explain the summative evaluation process for principals and assistant principals:

Professional Practice Rating

The first step in determining the professional practice rating occurs when evaluators holistically review required and optional evidences of PGES for each of the six (6) Principal Performance Standards (704 KAR 3:370 Section 10 (6)), including instructional leadership, school climate, human resource & organizational management, communication and professionalism. Then evaluators apply the decision rules found in the district CEP to determine the Professional Practice Rating.

Student Growth Rating

In addition to the professional practice rating, evaluators also must determine an overall student growth rating in the summative process. The first step is for evaluators to review evidences and apply district decision rules to determine a rating of Low, Expected or High for both the Local Contribution & State Contribution. If a school does not receive state test scores, the principal will have two local contributions. Evaluators may review and consider student growth ratings for up to three years (if data is available) as they apply the decision rules in the district CEP to determine an Overall Student Growth Rating (704 KAR 3:370 Section 10,(7)(i))  of Low, Expected, or High.

Overall Performance Category

Once the professional practice and student growth ratings are determined, evaluators use the state decision rules matrix (below) to determine the Overall Performance Category of Ineffective, Developing, Accomplished or Exemplary. (704 KAR 3:370 Section 11,(2)
Summative evaluation are required annually for certified administrators, principals and assistant principals (704 KAR 3:370 Section 5 (2)(m)). The state summative decision rules help evaluators determine the administrator’s Professional Growth Plan & Summative Cycle.

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