The state should require professional development to be based on needs identified through teacher evaluations.
Louisiana's new evaluation system will provide clear performance expectations and significant regular information on such performance to all teachers. In addition, a post-observation conference between teachers and evaluators will be conducted to discuss "commendation and recommendations."
Louisiana requires local boards to provide targeted professional development to beginning and continuing teachers to "address deficiencies identified in the evaluation process." In addition, each teacher will be given a professional growth plan "designed to assist each teacher and administrator in meeting the standards for effectiveness, effectively addressing the social, developmental, and emotional needs of students and maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning."
Louisiana Revised Code 17:3902; 17:3881; 17:3885
Louisiana was helpful in providing NCTQ with facts that enhanced this analysis. The state also noted that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is expected to adopt policy providing regulations around the implementation of the new teacher and leader evaluation system in December 2011, including targeted professional growth opportunities.