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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. The system will consist of multiple measures of student growth and achievement as well as components to measure leadership, professionalism, instruction, learning climate and assessment practices. The key strategies to design and implement the system include collaboration with education partners and the intentional involvement of local districts and schools, along with support and guidance from steering committees.

The Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (TPGES):

A common language and understanding of effective teaching is the foundation of the TPGES.  Kentucky has adopted the Framework for Teaching based on the work of Charlotte Danielson.  The framework includes indicators of effective teaching in five domains of proactice:

  • Planning and Preparation
  • Classroom Environment
  • Instruction
  • Professional Responsibilities
  • Student Growth

The Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PPGES) Standards:

  • Instructional Leadership
  • School Climate
  • Human Resources Management
  • Organizational Management
  • Communication and Community Relations
  • Professionalism
  • Student Growth


For additional information visit the Kentucky Department of Education website: