Retaining Effective Teachers Policy
The state should require professional development to be based on needs identified through teacher evaluations.
New York requires that local districts develop performance evaluation review plans that provide teachers with "timely and constructive feedback on all criteria evaluated." This feedback should include data on student growth and feedback as well as training on how the teacher can use this data to improve his or her instruction.
New York Department of Education, Commissioner's Regulations, Part 100.2 http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/pages/1002.html#o
Ensure that professional development is aligned with findings from teachers' evaluations.
While New York has clearly taken steps to make its professional development valuable by using student data results to inform teacher training, the state could strengthen its current policy by requiring that districts also utilize teacher evaluation results in determining professional development needs and activities.
New York recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.