The state should require professional development to be based on needs identified through teacher evaluations.
Kentucky requires that teachers receive feedback from their evaluations during a formative evaluation conference between the evaluator and the teacher as well as a summative evaluation conference at the end of the evaluation cycle. The conferences must include all evaluation data.
The state also specifies that the evaluation system must include a professional growth plan for all teachers, which is aligned with "specific goals and objectives of the school improvement plan or the district improvement plan."
704 KAR 3:345, Sec. 4(2)
Ensure that professional development is aligned with findings from teachers' evaluations.
Kentucky has clearly taken steps to make opportunities for professional growth valuable by aligning them with school or district improvement plans. However, the state could strengthen its current policy by requiring that districts also utilize teacher evaluation results in determining professional development needs and activities.
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