The state should require professional development to be based on needs identified through teacher evaluations.
Hawaii articulates that the evaluator must discuss and review the final evaluation with the teacher. The state also says that the evaluator "may require or provide teachers in need of assistance, support including but not limited to peer mentoring; recommended or proscribed coursework; or professional development activities." However, the state does not specify that professional development activities be aligned with findings from a teacher's evaluation.
Agreement between the Hawaii State Teachers Association and the State of Hawaii Board of Education, July 1, 2009-June 30, 2011
Ensure that professional development is aligned with findings from teachers' evaluations.
Professional development that is not informed by evaluation results may be of little value to teachers' professional growth and aim of increasing their effectiveness in the classroom. Hawaii should ensure that schools utilize teacher evaluation results in determining professional development needs and activities.
Hawaii had no comment on this goal.