New System Aims to Boost Teacher Performance

by John Gregory | 04/25/14 3:05 PM

With budget issues, increasing student populations, new curricula standards, and administrative duties to juggle, it can be challenging for teachers to find time to focus on improving their classroom skills. But a new system being piloted in Kentucky will help educators do just that.

Monday at 9/8 p.m. on KET, Bill Goodman will explore teacher development on Education Matters. The program will examine a new comprehensive review process for teachers, principals, and superintendents called Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES).

Following school reforms passed by the Kentucky legislature in 2009, the Kentucky Board of Education established a goal to create a fair and equitable system to measure teacher and leader effectiveness. For teachers, PGES employs multiple measures over the course of a school year to track factors like teacher planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, and student growth. The process includes feedback both from teaching peers and students, as well as self-reflection. The goal of PGES is to foster continuous improvement in an educator's skills and effectiveness, and to improve student performance as well as college and career readiness.

Pilot projects of PGES have been tested in several school districts around the commonwealth, ahead of full statewide implementation this fall. Education Matters examines how pilot efforts in Boone and Marshall Counties have fared.

For a more detailed discussion about PGES, Education Matters host Bill Goodman talks with a panel of educators about the new evaluation process. His guests will be Brad Clark, a teacher at Simpson Elementary School in Woodford County; Brad Darnall, a math teacher at South Marshall Middle School in Marshall County; Amanda Ellis, division director of Next Generation Professionals at the Kentucky Department of Education; and Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association and a science teacher in the Madison County Schools.

Watch Education Matters: Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness Monday at 9/8 p.m. on KET.