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Gwinnett County Public Schools

Building professional growth...

Gwinnett County Public Schools partnered with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to develop an evaluation system for teachers and leaders. In Gwinnett, we are calling it the Gwinnett Teacher and Leader Effectiveness System. Why the focus on “effectiveness”? Because the goal is to implement a system that is more than an evaluation tool… It also should increase the effectiveness of our employees by identifying areas of strength and growth and individualizing professional development based on specific needs.



Strengthening professional development...

Gwinnett Teacher Effectiveness System (GTES)

GCPS’ work on the evaluation system for teachers actually began in 2009 as one of the district’s strategic initiatives. The system uses observation data and growth in student achievement to determine a teacher’s effectiveness. The primary purposes of the GTES are to:

  • Increase student achievement for all students
  • Identify areas of strength and growth for each teacher
  • Individualize professional growth based on specific needs

More about the GTES


Gwinnett Effectiveness Initiative

10 for 10 Standards

Grouped under five Key Domains, the 10 research-based
performance standards are assessed through observations 
of teacher practice. Effectively implementing these performance
standards leads to increased student achievement.

In Gwinnett, we want our teachers to go 10 for 10.

Standard 1: Professional Knowledge
Standard 2: Instructional Planning
Standard 3: Instructional Strategies
Standard 4: Differentiated Instruction
Standard 5: Assessment Strategies
Standard 6: Assessment Uses
Standard 7: Positive Learning Environment 
Standard 8: Academically Challenging Environment
Standard 9: Professionalism
Standard 10: Communications


Effectiveness and Leadership...

Gwinnett Leader Effectiveness System (GLES)

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.

More about the GLES

Georgia Department of Education Resources