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 Teacher and Leader Effectiveness

The Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness impacts student achievement by providing programs and resources to enhance teacher and leader effectiveness that include the following: Title II, Part A grant awards; teacher and leader effectiveness systems; and professional learning.

The goal of the division is to promote and support teacher and leader effectiveness to improve student learning in every classroom in the state.

  • Manages effective use of Title II, Part A funds at the state and local level that are specifically targeted for use to meet the highly qualified teacher requirements of No Child Left Behind.
  • Promotes effective use of professional development funds and activities to support school improvement.
  • Maintains current data regarding teacher shortage areas.
  • Supports the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System and Leader Keys Effectiveness System – Georgia’s teacher and leader evaluation and professional development processes.

Why Does Georgia Need the Teacher Keys and Leader Keys Effectiveness Systems Now?

As  part of Georgia's Race to the Top grant, new systems for providing teachers and leaders with meaningful feedback and support opportunities have been developed.  These systems offer clear and precise indicators and resources to guide teachers and leaders to improved performance which will positively impact student achievement.  In Spring 2012, Race to the Top districts piloted the Teacher Keys and Leader Keys Effectiveness Systems.  The following year in 2012-2013, these Race to the Top districts, as well as, additional volunteer districts, State Schools, and LEA Charter Schools implemented TKES and LKES in their local systems.  Several of these districts have partnered with the Georgia Department of Education to provide a resource for new districts beginning their journey with the Teacher Keys and Leader Keys Effectiveness Systems.  This resource is an Educator Engagement video series that provides district leaders, principals and assistant principals, and teachers with first-hand accounts of the journey they have already started taking.  We encourage you to use this resource to learn more about TKES and LKES, and gain some helpful strategies for using these effectiveness systems in your districts.

Leveraging the Power of TKES and LKES

Please click on each link to view the Educator Engagement video series and learn more about the Teacher Keys and Leader Keys Effectiveness Systems.


District to District

Principal to Principal

Teacher to Teacher

Georgia's Induction Summit 2017:
Attaining New Heights through Learning and Leading

Save the Date: May 5, 2017 - Middle Georgia State University

For questions, or more information about next year's summit, please contact Dr. Karen Wyler,

Teacher Keys Effectiveness System

As part of the Race to the Top Initiative (RT3), Georgia, in collaboration with RT3 Districts, educational partners, and the Evaluation Task Force Committee, developed a new effectiveness system for teacher evaluation and professional growth.  In Spring 2012, Race to the Top Districts participated in a pilot of the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System.  These 26 districts provided critical feedback and data that was used to revise and improve a new system designed for building teacher effectiveness throughout Georgia.  The new Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) consists of multiple components, including the Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards (TAPS), Surveys of Instructional Practice, and measures of Student Growth and Academic Achievement.  The overarching goal of TKES is to support continuous growth and development of each teacher.

You can access the current edition of the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System Handbook for information related to implementation, processes, and procedures. 

For additional information and resources related to TKES, please visit the TKES webpage.

Leader Keys Effectiveness System

During the 2012-2013 pilot/full implementation school year, Georgia will implement the Leader Keys Effectiveness System (LKES).  The LKES is a common evaluation system that will allow the state to ensure consistency and comparability across districts, based on a common definition of leader effectiveness.  Though research indicates the most important factor in a student’s education is first and foremost, the teacher, today’s school leader is expected to lead the school with this ultimate goal of increasing student learning while helping staff to grow professionally.  The goal of Georgia’s Leader Keys Effectiveness System is to provide leaders with meaningful feedback and to support the continuous growth and development of each leader by monitoring, analyzing, and applying pertinent data from multiple sources toward attainment of established performance goals.  LKES offers clear and precise indicators and resources to leaders throughout the process.

The current edition of the Leader Keys Effectiveness System Handbook​ is available for information on implementation, processes, and procedures. 

For additional information and resources related to LKES, please visit the LKES webpage. 

Student Growth Percentiles - Georgia's Student Growth Model (GSGM)

The Student Growth and Academic Achievement component of the Teacher Keys and Leader Keys Effective Systems consists of Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) and Student Learning Objectives (SLOs).  For courses that have state assessments (CRCT 4th-8th and EOCT), an SGP will be used to calculate the student growth component of the Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) or Leader Effectiveness Measure (LEM).  An SGP describes a student's growth relative to his/her academic peers - other students with similar prior achievement (i.e., similar history of scores). A growth percentile is generated for each student which describes his or her "rank" on current achievement relative to other students with similar score histories.  A growth percentile can range from 1 to 99.  Lower percentiles indicate lower academic growth and higher percentiles indicate higher academic growth.  Annual calculations of student growth are based on state assessment data (grades 4-8 CRCT and EOCT).

SGPs do not require a vertical or developmental scale (a continuous scale spanning multiple grades in the same content area) in order to describe student growth.  This growth model does not calculate how many scale score points a student improved from year to year.  Rather, this growth model describes growth in terms of how a student performed this year relative to other students who have a similar academic history.

For more information, please visit the GaDOE's Assessment and Accountability webpage for Georgia's Student Growth Model.

You may find additional resources and information about how the SGPs will be used in the Teacher Keys and Leader Keys Effectiveness Systems by visiting the TLE Student Growth Percentile webpage.

Student Learning Objectives

Student learning is the ultimate measure of the success of a teacher and an instructional leader. One component of the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System is Student Growth. For teachers of tested subjects, this component consists of a student growth percentile measure.  Tested subjects include reading, English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for grades 4-8 and all high school courses for which there is an End-of-Course Test (EOCT).

Non-tested subjects include all courses not listed as tested subjects.  Approximately 70-75% of all teachers teach non-tested subjects for at least some portion of the instructional day. For teachers of non-tested subjects, this component consists of the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) approved Student Learning Objectives (SLO) utilizing local education agency (LEA) identified growth measures. 

For additional information and resources related to SLOs, please visit the SLO webpage.

GaDOE TLE Electronic Platform

The TLE Electronic Platform is available for principals and teachers to use as part of the Teacher and Leader Keys Effectiveness System.  This system grants Georgia principals virtual access to the common evaluation systems (TKES/LKES), further supporting the ability of schools, districts and the state to ensure consistency and comparability in teacher and leader effectiveness and evaluation. Know that this tool has been and will continue to be developed to support you and your staff in working towards building capacity to impact student achievement in your school, your district, and the state of Georgia. As you lead this evaluation process, GaDOE staff encourages you to take advantage of the many resources included on this site and hopes you will encourage your staff to do the same. 

For additional information and resources related to the GaDOE TLE Electronic Platform, please visit the GaDOE TLE Electronic Platform Website Link


Professional Learning Resources for Teacher and Leader Effectiveness

The Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Division aims to provide professional learning to support teachers and leaders in the successful implementation of the Teacher Keys and Leader Keys Effectiveness Systems (TKES & LKES).  All professional learning opportunities are designed to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors to improve teacher and principal practice and effectiveness leading to increased student achievement.  The professional development provided is aligned with the components of TKES and LKES, and fosters ongoing improvements in teaching and student learning.

For additional information and resources related to professional learning, please visit the Professional Learning Resources webpage.

Title II, Part A, Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund

Federal Program Title II, Part A (CFDA: 84.367) is a formula grant for the purpose of increasing academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality.  Awards are made to state education agencies (SEAs) that in turn make formula subgrants to local education agencies (LEAs).  In Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) administers the Title II, Part A Program.

Title II, Part A provides LEAs these funds to address challenges to teacher and leader quality, whether they concern the preparation and qualifications of teachers and leaders, recruitment and hiring, induction, professional development, or teacher and leader retention.

For additional information and resources related to implementing Title II, Part A in Georgia, please visit our Title II, Part A webpage. The United States Department of Education website ( also contains the legislation, non-regulatory program guidance, and other information and resources.


 Contact Information


Cynthia Saxon
Associate Superintendent
Phone: 404-463-2314 

Melinda Moe
Program Manager: TKES/LKES
Phone: 404-463-8386 

Julie Noland
Program Manager: Title IIA /Platform
Phone: 404-719-8192 

Michelle Purvis
Program Manager: SLO
Phone: 404-232-1537 

Keisla Tisdel
Program Manager: Data
Phone: 404-651-6076 

TLE Division Contacts​

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