The state should require professional development to be based on needs identified through teacher evaluations.
Florida requires that teachers receive written copies of their evaluations "no later than ten days after the evaluation takes place." The state also specifies that teacher evaluations must be used when identifying professional development.
Require that evaluation systems provide teachers with feedback about their performance.
Although Florida requires teachers to receive copies of their evaluations, this only ensures that teachers will receive their ratings, not necessarily feedback on their performance. Florida should specify that teachers should receive specific feedback on identified strengths and areas that need improvement.
Florida noted that while not in law, the state's Race to the Top plan requires that districts document how teachers will receive feedback in the new evaluation systems.
While putting such a requirement in the state's Race to the Top plan is a step in the right direction, NCTQ would encourage Florida to codify this requirement to ensure that it extends beyond the life of the grant.