The state should require professional development to be based on needs identified through teacher evaluations.
Tennessee requires evaluation systems to include personal conferences to discuss teachers' strengths, weaknesses and remediation needs. While the state utilizes a Framework for Professional Evaluation and Growth, the state does not specify that professional development activities must be aligned with findings from teacher evaluations.
Framework for Professional Evaluation and Growth http://tennessee.gov/education/frameval/ SB 7005, Chapter 2 of the Public Acts of 2010 http://www.tn.gov/sos/acts/106/pub/pc0002EOS.pdf
Ensure that professional development is aligned with findings from teacher 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. Tennessee should ensure that districts utilize teacher evaluation results in determining professional development needs and activities.
Tennessee noted that the state's role will be to provide districts with resources via the TAP (The System for Teacher and Student Advancement) Portal to help make connections between evaluations and professional development. The state will be clear in their guidance and support, which will include state-created guidance resources and the newly created state evaluation system.
The state should consider taking its policy a step further and codifying policy to ensure that districts use teacher evaluations to inform professional development activities.