The state should require professional development to be based on needs identified through teacher evaluations.
North Carolina requires that teachers are provided with feedback following a classroom observation and at the end of the school year in the summary evaluation conference. During the summary evaluation conference, the principal and teacher discuss "the teacher's self-assessment, the teacher's most recent Professional Growth Plan, the components of the North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process completed during the year, classroom observations, artifacts submitted or collected during the evaluation process and other evidence of the teacher's performance on the Rubric."
The state also specifies that findings shared during the summary evaluation conference should be used to inform teachers' professional development plans.
North Carolina State Board of Education Policy TCP-C-004 http://sbepolicy.dpi.state.nc.us/policies/TCP-C-004.asp?pri=02&cat=C&pol=004&acr=TCP
North Carolina recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.