Teachers and administrators in Scott County and across the state will implement a new Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES) this year. PGES was piloted in a few schools and with a few teachers and principals in each school district last school year. In 2014-2015 every teacher and administrator in every public school in Kentucky will use the evaluation system. PGES standards focus on student growth and allow for deeper and richer conversations about student learning.
“The teachers and administrators who were a part of the pilot have been pleased with the resulting conversations about student learning,” stated Dr. Matt Thompson, Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning for Scott County Schools. “Our teachers and administrators and their current focus on student achievement will only be strengthened with the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.”
In Scott County, administrators will continue training in the PGES on July 22-23 at Elkhorn Crossing School. PGES provides more opportunities for staff to set goals for student growth. Teachers and administrators reflect on student specific achievement data and set goals to ensure all students make at least one year’s worth of growth. Educators in Scott County Schools focus on student learning at all levels, from the classroom teacher to the Superintendent.
Patricia Putty, Superintendent of Scott County Schools, is pleased with the goal setting process. “PGES provides wonderful opportunities for educators to collaborate, set goals for student learning, and reflect on their teaching and assessment practices.” Superintendent Putty shared her reflection, goals, and progress with the Scott County Board of Education last week during her professional evaluation.
Goal #1: Create a collaborative culture within schools and across the district
Goal #2: Build strong instructional leadership by empowering teachers to become teacher leaders and administrators to become leaders of leaders
Goal #3: Identify and plan to address needs of students at all levels of mastery
Goal #4: Increase rigor and relevance at all academic levels
The summative evaluation of the Superintendent, conducted by the Scott County Board of Education, stated:
“The Scott County Board of Education commends Superintendent Putty for her strong performance in student achievement and curriculum development. The Board identified and discussed areas for growth in communications and community relations. The Board is pleased with the success of Scott County Schools and the success of its students under the leadership of Mrs. Putty.”
The Professional Growth and Effectiveness system will allow Scott County Schools to refine our focus on student learning. The first day of school for students in Scott County is August 6, 2014.