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Other Professional Professional Growth and Effectiveness System

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. OPGES is a portion of the PGES system designed for Other Professionals who have a nontraditional educational setting. Other Professionals will use the Kentucky Framework for Teaching-Specialist Frameworks, which includes five unique frameworks designed specifically for the Other Professional job responsibilities. Other Professionals will use these specialist frameworks during the summative evaluation process, just like classroom teachers will use the Kentucky Framework for Teaching.

Other Professional Categories
  • School counselors – may be in summative year
  • School level library/media specialists
  • School psychologists
  • School instructional specialist/curriculum coaches
  • School speech therapists

Framework for Teaching-Specialist Frameworks

The Frameworks for Teaching for Other Professionals are research-based sets of components of instruction that are grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching. The complex activity of teaching is divided into multiple standards clustered into four domains of teaching responsibility:

1. Planning and Preparation 
2. The Environment
3. Delivery of Service
4. Professional Responsibilities

Frameworks for Teaching for Other Professionals are designed for the unique professional responsibilities of these specialists.
Guidance Counselors Framework
Library Media Specialists Framework
Other Specialists Framework - Instructional, Speech Language Pathologist, School Psychologist, School 

Self-Reflection & Professional Growth Planning

Self-reflection is a process by which Other Professionals assess the effectiveness of their planning, implementation, content knowledge, beliefs, and dispositions for the purpose of self-improvement. The goal of self-reflection is to improve through ongoing thinking on how professional practices impact student and teacher learning.

The goal of a professional growth plan is to facilitate the translation of growth needs identified through self-reflection and other processes into practical activities and experiences that are of value to Other Professionals in strengthening their competencies in the identified growth need areas.

Self-reflection and professional growth planning are sources of evidence used to determine an educator's Overall Professional Practice Rating.


Observation is one source of evidence that contributes to an educator's Overall Professional Practice Rating. For some categories of Other Professionals, observations may look more like a site visit to meet the confidentiality needs of their work. 

All observations will include a post-observation conference where Other Professionals and primary evaluators will have a conversation about how the evidence collected during the observation aligns with the Kentucky Framework for Teaching-Specialist Frameworks.

The power of observation lies in its ability to provide feedback and analytical reflection necessary for Other Professionals to make intentional changes to their professional practices.

Student Voice Survey

The Student Voice Survey is a classroom level reporting system used to provide formative feedback and evidence of effectiveness to classroom teachers and school administrators. Additionally, it is one source of evidence used to determine an educator's Overall Professional Practice Rating.

Teachers and administrators garner this valuable feedback via an on-line survey of 3rd through 12th grade students, who report on their classroom experiences including teaching practices and learning conditions.
Please visit the TPGES Student Voice page for more information.

Summative Evaluation

Summative Evaluation
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