Calls for reforms that use evaluations not only to recruit, retain, and dismiss teachers but also to enhance effectiveness through professional development. Recommends investing in proven professional development models and ensuring feedback is valuable.
- Observation: School systems should combine both policies to maximize increases in teaching effectiveness.
- Observation: In recent years, published studies show substantial improvements in teaching and student learning from some forms of professional development.
- Observation: Policymakers should incentivize school systems to eradicate ineffectual and unproven professional development, invest in proven models, and anticipate and prevent hurdles to implementation.
- Observation: Districts should conduct comprehensive audits of all of their investments in professional development and ensure that teachers receive meaningful feedback.