2011 Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require professional development to be based on needs identified through teacher evaluations.
Nevada requires that the evaluated teacher receive a copy of each evaluation not later than 15 days after the evaluation. The state does not specify that professional development activities must be aligned with findings from teacher evaluations.
NRS 391.298; NRS 391.3125
Require that evaluation systems provide teachers with feedback about their performance.
Although Nevada requires teachers to receive copies of their evaluations, this only ensures that teachers will receive their ratings, not necessarily feedback on their performance. Nevada should specify that teachers should receive specific feedback on identified strengths and areas that need improvement.
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. Nevada should ensure that districts utilize teacher evaluation results in determining professional development needs and activities.
Nevada recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.