Less than 1 percent of teachers were found to be ineffective; little to no principals were rated ineffective
The State Journal
More than 90 percent of the state’s public schools educators are effective, according to a new study from the Kentucky Department of Education.
In the first year that teachers and principals were evaluated statewide under Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, most proved to be accomplished, or even exemplary in their field.
Last school year about 16,700 teachers and 1,400 principals and assistant principals in the state — or about a third of its certified educator population — received summative performance ratings. Less than 1 percent of teachers were found to be ineffective; little to no principals were rated ineffective.
While the data suggest educators are exceeding benchmarks for excellence, it hasn’t trickled down to classrooms where only half of Kentucky’s public students are mastering content and achieving at the highest levels.
“What we know is that our numbers are pretty reflective of what we are seeing nationwide,” Commissioner Terry Holliday said. “But we are concerned about the distribution. How can most teachers be rated high, yet only 50 percent of our students are performing at the highest levels?”