The state should require professional development to be based on needs identified through teacher evaluations.
Iowa does not have state-level policy that connects professional development to teachers' evaluations.
Require that evaluation systems provide teachers with feedback about their performance.
In order to increase their effectiveness in the classroom, teachers need to receive feedback on strengths and areas that need improvement identified in their evaluations. As such, Iowa should require that evaluation systems provide teachers with feedback about their classroom performance.
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. Iowa should ensure that districts utilize teacher evaluation results in determining professional development needs and activities.
Iowa recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.