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During 2013-2014, GSCA developed the Counselor Keys Effectiveness System which is to be used in evaluating school counselors in the state. For 2014-2015, over 60 districts around the state are piloting the instrument.

Previously, this instrument was only released to the schools that were piloting the instrument so that GSCA could track those who were using the instrument this year: however, GSCA would also like for all counselors in the state to have the opportunity to preview the instrument and to receive additional information on CKES before it becomes our statewide performance evaluation. As a result, GSCA is also offering the full instrument, which is linked to here.

GSCA looks forward to working with counselors around the state as we implement a statewide counselor performance evaluation instrument that was developed by school counselors and accurately defines the role of the school counselor. Please take the opportunity to preview the instrument and review the FAQ below to learn more.

Disclaimer

© 2016 Georgia School Counselor Association, Inc.

The Counselor Keys Effectiveness System (CKES) is owned and managed by the Georgia School Counselor Association, Inc. (GSCA). GSCA reserves the right to revise or update CKES periodically in its sole discretion.

While GSCA owns all right and interest in CKES, including the CKES tool document, CKES website, and other CKES resources, it licenses CKES to the public freely for use, subject to the following restrictions and disclaimers:

GSCA prohibits republication of CKES without attribution with this copyright notice and disclaimer. GSCA prohibits the publication of CKES or a portion thereof for profit or sale.

CKES is provided for information purposes only. CKES does not constitute legal or other professional advice or opinion. GSCA and its employees and agents are not responsible for content errors or for any consequences arising from your use of this information.

GSCA shall not be liable to any party for any direct, indirect, special or other consequential damages for any use of CKES. All personnel-related decisions, including but not limited to hiring and firing decisions, rest solely with the school systems and school administrators using CKES. GSCA gives no guidance or advice on individual personnel matters or applications of CKES to specific facts or for particular purposes and shall not be liable to any party for the same. GSCA accepts no responsibility for and excludes all liability in connection with the use of or reliance upon CKES.
 


 

CKES Documents

CKES Evaluation Instrument

CKES - All Documents

CKES Annual Partnership Agreement

CKES Closing the Gap Action Plan

CKES Closing the Gap Results Report

CKES Counseling Core Curriculum Action Plan

CKES Counseling Core Curriculum Results Report

CKES Data Profile

CKES Delivery Systems Breakdown

CKES Instructions and Helpful Tips

CKES Lesson Plan Template

CKES Mindsets & Behaviors Planning Tool

CKES Observation Form

CKES School Counseling Program Assessment

CKES Small Group Action Plan

CKES Small Group Results Report

CKES SMART Goals Worksheet

CKES Suggested School Counselor Timeline

CKES Use of Time Assessment

 


 

 

CKES Webinars

View the October 7 webinar
Download the October 7 webinar Power Point

 


 

CKES FAQ

I really need to know who I can speak to about CKES because out school/district is piloting this and I have not had any training on it.

Please email CKES@gaschoolcounselor.org with any questions and to speak to someone regarding the instrument. GSCA will provide follow up webinars on the various components of the instrument. The American School Counselor Association also provides webinars periodically on the Model and data collection; these webinars would also be helpful in understanding the foundation of CKES. Additionally, training is being offered via various RESA's throughout the state, and we hope these will be offered statewide after the first of the 2015 calendar year.

My administrator wants to know where the Department of Education currently stands. Has the Georgia Department of Educations bought in?

Yes, the GA DOE worked in partnership with GSCA to create this instrument. At the request of the DOE, the instrument was created in alignment with TKES, a focus group was held, and a survey was conducted statewide. The drat of CKES was previewed and approved by Dr. Barge and the DOE staff in May 2014, and Dr. Barge sent the invitation to superintendents for districts to participate in the pilot this year in June 2014. The DOE is presently working with GSCA to make CKES the official state adopted counselor performance evaluation instrument. We are hopeful that CKES will become the official instrument for evaluating counselors beginning in the 2015-2016 school year .

How will evaluators and administrators be trained?

An administrator training instrument was created and sent to all schools that are involved in the pilot this year. This training instrument will continue to be available to districts as they use the instrument. As the state moves forward in making CKES the official state adopted instrument, trainings will be offered statewide via the RESA's; we are hopeful that this will occur after the first of the 2015 calendar year. For those who are presently piloting the instrument, they should contact CKES@gaschoolcounselor.org regarding administrator training.

Can the ratings portion be created as a stand-alone webinar?

It is the newest and most misunderstood piece of this policy. This is certainly something that we can look at adding as one of our follow up webinars.

Will there be a manual that school counselors will have like teacher/administrators have for TKES?

As CKES is finalized after the pilot year, the committee will work to create additional support documents such as a manual.

Will training be made available for counselors before school districts implement the new evaluation tool?

As the state moves forward in making CKES the official state adopted instrument, trainings will be offered statewide via the RESA's; we are hopeful that this will occur after the first of the 2015 calendar year.

Will training be made available for administrators before school districts implement the new evaluation tool?

As the state moves forward in making CKES the official state adopted instrument, trainings will be offered statewide via the RESA's; we are hopeful that this will occur after the first of the 2015 calendar year.

Would school districts need to have the ASCA Model implemented, in all schools, before the CKES Evaluation tool?

Implementation of the ASCA National Model is not necessary prior to the implementation of CKES. While the CKES instrument is aligned with the ASCA National Model, full implementation of the Model is not necessary for counselors to receive Proficient ratings as CKES is also based on the role of the school counselor in Georgia. However, to receive Exemplary ratings in many categories, the counselor would need to have implemented the Model.


We know that systems were given the opportunities for pilots this year. When will Georgia Department of Education require CKES as the evaluation tool for school counselors? Who trains counselors and administrators?


The DOE is presently working with GSCA to make CKES the official state adopted counselor performance evaluation instrument. We are hopeful that CKES will become the official instrument for evaluating counselors beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. As the state moves forward in making CKES the official state adopted instrument, trainings will be offered statewide via the RESA's; we are hopeful that this will occur after the first of the 2015 calendar year.

When will the administrators receive thorough training?

The DOE is presently working with GSCA to make CKES the official state adopted counselor performance evaluation instrument. We are hopeful that CKES will become the official instrument for evaluating counselors beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. As the state moves forward in making CKES the official state adopted instrument, trainings will be offered statewide via the RESA's; we are hopeful that this will occur after the first of the 2015 calendar year. For those who are presently piloting the instrument, they should contact CKES@gaschoolcounselors.com regarding administrator training.


Do you really think that we will be ready to officially say that this is a requirement for 14-15?


The instrument is being piloted for 2014-2015. The DOE is presently working with GSCA to make CKES the official state adopted counselor performance evaluation instrument. We are hopeful that CKES will become the official instrument for evaluating counselors beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

Will this tool be used for the current 14-15 school year?

It is being used along with the district's current evaluation for counselors for those schools that are piloting the instrument in 2014-15. The DOE is presently working with GSCA to make CKES the official state adopted counselor performance evaluation instrument. We are hopeful that CKES will become the official instrument for evaluating counselors beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.


Where can I find examples used to obtain outcome data?


Outcome data is achievement, attendance or behavior data. This type of data can be obtained via grades, course enrollment, absences, tardies, referrals, conduct grades, etc.

When will similar training be available for principals/administrators?

An administrator training instrument was created and sent to all schools that are involved in the pilot this year. This training instrument will continue to be available to districts as they use the instrument. As the state moves forward in making CKES the official state adopted instrument, trainings will be offered statewide via the RESA's; we are hopeful that this will occur after the first of the 2015 calendar year. For those who are presently piloting the instrument, they should contact CKES@gaschoolcounselor.org regarding administrator training.

 

 

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