HGRESA partners with the GDOE to offer TKES and LKES sessions for leaders.  Please reference the Professional Learning Calendar for listed dates. Sessions are currently being held via a live, virtual format.

GDOE Website for Information:


The following information was sent from GDOE on July 30, 2021.




FROM:  Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Ph.D. 

Deputy Superintendent 

Office of Teaching and Learning 


DATE:  July 30, 2021


SUBJECT: TKES, LKES, TEM, and LEM flexibility

As the 2021-2022 school year begins, we are working to provide flexibility so you can keep the focus on a successful start. Sensitive to possible interruptions in instruction and prolonged absences due to COVID-19, the TKES/LKES processes will continue to be flexible.


The requirement for TKES and LKES is set forth in state law and cannot be waived by GaDOE. However, effective immediately, GaDOE is providing the below flexibility to school leaders and teachers:  

  • Teacher Effectiveness Measures (TEM) and Leader Effectiveness Measures (LEM) ratings will not be determined due to the suspension of the student growth scores for the 2021-2022 school year. Student growth cannot be calculated this year as there was no testing in Spring 2020 and multiple years of data are needed for growth calculations.   
  • The “pre-evaluation conference, mid-year evaluation conference, and summative evaluation conference” must still be conducted per state law. When conferences are utilized, they should be conducted in support of a teacher’s professional growth. Evidence does not have to be uploaded to the Platform. The Platform will remain open all year. 
  • Self-assessments are required. Results from the self-assessment should inform the development of the Professional Growth Goal(s) and the conferences between educator and evaluator.   
  • TAPS and LAPS Summative Assessment Ratings will not be determined and are not required by GaDOE or GaPSC for the 2021-2022 school year. Certificate renewal will not be affected because summative ratings are suspended this year. If an educator needs to remediate, remediation plans must be established at the local level. 
  • State law and Board rule require “multiple observations.” GaDOE interprets this as at least two observations for all teachers for the 2021-2022 school year. Observations can occur at any time during the school year.
  • Professional learning requirements are in state law. However, school system leaders will determine what is appropriate considering the local context and system expectations, and GaPSC will accept verification from school system leaders for renewal purposes. 

Please see the guidance on TLSD webpage and FAQ LINK for further details. If you have any questions, please contact Laine Reichert,


Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Ph.D.

Deputy Superintendent

Teaching and Learning

Georgia Department of Education

1562 Twin Towers East

205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE

Atlanta, Georgia 30334

404-430-7952 (cell)


"Educating Georgia’s Future”