As part of the Race to the Top Initiative (RT3) in 2012-13, Georgia will conduct a pilot/full year implementation of the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES), a common evaluation system that will allow the state to ensure consistency and comparability across districts, based on a common definition of teacher effectiveness.

Primary Purpose of the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System/Theory of Action

The primary purpose of TKES is to:

  • Optimize student learning and growth.
  • Improve the quality of instruction by ensuring accountability for classroom performance and teacher effectiveness.
  • Contribute to successful achievement of the goals and objectives defined in the vision, mission, and goals of Georgia Public Schools.
  • Provide a basis for instructional improvement through productive teacher performance appraisal and professional growth.
  • Implement a performance evaluation system that promotes collaboration between the teacher and evaluator and promotes self-growth, instructional effectiveness, and improvement of overall job performance.
  • Focus on student learning as outlined in Figure 1.

As shown in Figure 2, the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) consists of three components which contribute to an overall Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM): Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards (TAPS), Student Growth and Academic Achievement, and Surveys of Instructional Practice. 

1) Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards (TAPS): TAPS provides evaluators with a qualitative, rubrics-based evaluation method by which they can measure teacher performance related to quality performance standards.

2) Student Growth and Academic Achievement:

  • For teachers of tested subjects, this component consists of a student growth percentile/value-added measure.  
  • For teachers of non-tested subjects, this component consists of GaDOE-approved Student Learning Objectives utilizing district achievement growth measures.

3) Surveys of Instructional Practice:

  • Student survey results will inform the rating of standards 3, 4, 7, and 8 at the Formative and Summative Level.
  • Student survey results will impact the TEM score.