CKES Resources

Counselor Keys Effectiveness System

During 2013-2014, GSCA in partnership with the DOE, developed the Counselor Keys Effectiveness System which is to be used in evaluating school counselors in the state.  In 2014-2015, over 60 districts around the state piloted the instrument.  GSCA now provides the opportunity for all counselors in the state to utilize the instrument  while GSCA and DOE continue to work to make CKES the official state adopted counselor performance evaluation instrument.  The Performance Standards & Rubrics are available hereGSCA is aware that ASCA recently issued a 4th edition of CKES.  GSCA will be working on a revision to their version of CKES this year.

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 email with any questions and to speak to someone regarding the instrument.


© 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.

Please complete the following form to receive an email with a link to download CKES within 3-5 business days.


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