Date of Award

Winter 10-28-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Secondary Education



Committee Chair

Anete Vasquez

First Committee Member

Jillian Ford

Second Committee Member

Arvin Johnson


The purpose of this phenomenological study is to understand the perception of secondary (9-12) teachers on the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System, or TKES. The Teacher Keys Effectiveness System is a statewide system of teacher evaluation that is used for all public school teachers in Georgia. The literature examines current system of evaluations, current teacher attitudes towards evaluations, the impact of teacher perceptions of evaluation systems, and feedback. This mixed method study uses interviews and a survey to ascertain those perceptions and compare them to the stated purpose of the TKES system. The teachers in the study expressed a generally negative feeling towards the evaluation system. Not towards the system as a whole, but to its implication for their teaching practice.