Does the state require that an established portion of a teacher's work day/week be designated exclusively for teacher planning?

Does the state require that an established portion of a teacher's work day/week be designated exclusively for teacher planning?

October 2019


Overview: Eleven states require that an established portion of a teacher’s work day/week be designated for teacher planning.
 

Does the state require that an established portion of a teacher's work day/week be designated exclusively for teacher planning? Citations
Alabama No. N/A
Alaska No. N/A
Arizona No. N/A
Arkansas Yes. Each teacher must be provided a minimum of 200 minutes each week for conference, instructional planning and preparation. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-114
California No. N/A
Colorado No. N/A
Connecticut No. N/A
Delaware No. N/A
District of Columbia No. N/A
Florida No. N/A
Georgia No. N/A
Hawaii No. N/A
Idaho No. N/A
Illinois No. N/A
Indiana No. N/A
Iowa No. N/A
Kansas No. N/A
Kentucky No. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.060
Louisiana Yes. Teachers must be provided a minimum of 45 minutes each day (or its weekly equivalent) for planning time. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:434

28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXV, § 911
Maine No. N/A
Maryland No. N/A
Massachusetts No. N/A
Michigan No. N/A
Minnesota No. However, the state requires all collective bargaining agreements for teachers include provisions for preparation time or a provision indicating that the parties to the agreement chose not to include preparation time in the contract. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.50
Mississippi Yes. Each elementary teacher is entitled to instructional planning time that is not less than 150 minutes per week, exclusive of the lunch period. Each secondary school teacher is entitled to instructional planning time that is not less than 225 minutes per week, exclusive of the lunch period. 7 Code Miss. Rules T. 7, Pt. 163
Missouri Yes. Each classroom teacher must be provided at least 250 minutes of scheduled planning time each school week (50 minutes of planning time each day is recommended). Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 5, § 20-100.255
Montana No. N/A
Nebraska No. N/A
Nevada No. N/A
New Hampshire No. N/A
New Jersey No. N/A
New Mexico No. N/A
New York No. N/A
North Carolina No. However, schools submitting school improvement plans must include a plan to provide duty-free instructional planning time for every teacher, with the goal of providing an average of at least five hours of planning time per week. In addition, subject to state appropriations for this purpose, teachers must be provided duty-free instructional planning time during regular student contact hours. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-105.27

N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-301.1
North Dakota No. N/A
Ohio Yes. Teachers must be provided two hundred minutes per week for scheduled planning time to design their work, evaluate student progress, hold conferences and participate in team planning. In addition, statute authorizes the department of education to establish a grant program that may include assisting schools in adopting new models for restructuring the school day or school year, such as including teacher planning and collaboration time as part of the school day. Ohio Admin. Code 3301-35-05

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3319.57
Oklahoma Yes. Each teacher must be provided a minimum of 225 minutes of scheduled time each week for individual planning and/or preparation and consultation during the instructional day, unless otherwise voluntarily agreed in writing between the teacher and the school district, with a stipend being provided to any teacher who forgoes planning time. Okla. Admin. Code 210:35-9-41
Oregon No. N/A
Pennsylvania No. N/A
Rhode Island Yes. Teachers must be provided a minimum of two hours of paid time per week for each classroom dedicated to curriculum planning, including authentic assessment. Teachers at the high school level must be provided at least one hour per week of common planning time, and teachers at the middle school level must be provided at least two hours per week of common planning time.This common planning time must be in addition to individual faculty planning time and locally determined professional development requirements. 200 R.I. Code R. 20-10-6.5

200 R.I. Code R. 20-10-2.4
South Carolina No. N/A
South Dakota No. N/A
Tennessee Yes. Teachers in kindergarten through grade 12 must be provided individual duty-free planning periods totaling at least 2 ½ hours each week. Duty-free planning time shall not occur during any period that teachers are entitled to duty-free lunch. Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-1-302

Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-01-03-.03
Texas Yes. Within an instructional day, each teacher is entitled to a planning and preparation period of not less than 45 minutes (or 450 minutes within each two-week period) and a duty-free lunch of not less than 30 minutes. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 21.404 (Vernon)
Utah No. N/A
Vermont No. N/A
Virginia Yes. Each elementary classroom teacher must be provided at least an average of 30 minutes per day during the students' school week as planning time. Each full-time middle and secondary classroom teacher shall be provided one planning period per day or the equivalent, unencumbered of any teaching or supervisory duties. Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-291.1

Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-253.13:2

8 Va. Admin. Code 20-131-240
Washington No. N/A
West Virginia Yes. Each teacher regularly employed for more than one-half of the class period of the day must be provided at least one planning period per day. Planning periods shall be no less than 40 minutes. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-4-14
Wisconsin No. N/A
Wyoming No. N/A

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