The state should require professional development to be based on needs identified through teacher evaluations.
Connecticut requires that teachers receive feedback from their evaluations that is "clear, specific, and constructive." The state also specifies that professional development activities for teachers must be directly informed by student performance and be linked to teacher evaluation goals.
Connecticut Guidelines for Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/EducatorStandards/tevalpd.pdf Connecticut State Department of Education http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2641&q=320432
Connecticut recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. The state added that the revised Educator Evaluation Guidelines states: "Professional development should reflect the needs of individuals and groups of educators identified through the evaluation process and should address the needs of educators along the career continuum from novice to mid-career to veteran educator."