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603 CMR 44.00:
Educator License Renewal

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44.04: Approval of Professional Development Plans

(1) In accordance with G.L. c. 71, § 38G, educators working in a Massachusetts public school must obtain approval of their proposed professional development plans from their supervisors by the timelines set out in 603 CMR 44.05 (2), and 44.06 (2). Licensed educators working in schools other than Massachusetts public schools are encouraged to seek such approval.

(a) Approval for proposed individual professional development plans shall be from the educator's direct supervisor or an appropriate designee. In most instances, this will mean that the plans of teachers and other educators who report to the principal will be approved by the principal, a principal's plan will be approved by the superintendent of schools, and a superintendent's plan will be approved by the chairperson of the school committee.
(b) Approval of a plan shall be based on whether the 80% of the PDPs in the plan that are subject to supervisor approval are consistent with the educational needs of the school and/or district and whether the plan is designed to enhance the ability of the educator to improve student learning, and is based on evidence that it contributes to increased student achievement and growth. A supervisor may consider whether the plan requires an educator to earn PDPs regularly throughout the five year period when evaluating a plan.
(c) The supervisor and educator may determine that the same individual professional development plan will be used to satisfy both 603 CMR 44.00 (educator license renewal) and 603 CMR 35.00 (educator evaluation).
(d) Approval of individual professional development plans shall not be unreasonably withheld. In the event that a plan is rejected by a supervisor, teachers and other educators who report to the principal may seek review of the denial from the superintendent of schools, principals may seek review from the school committee chairperson, and superintendents may seek review from the Department. An educator may then seek additional review from the Department, according to the provisions of 603 CMR 44.10.

(2) A supervisor shall review each individual professional development plan at least every two years. A supervisor shall review the professional development plan of any educator new to the district or school within three months of the educator's beginning employment in the new position. A supervisor may require an educator to amend the plan or may withdraw approval for a plan that had been previously approved, provided, however, that any PDPs that were earned consistently with an approved plan shall be deemed approved in applying for license renewal. Any PDPs that are earned prior to the approval of a plan may be subject to disapproval, if in the opinion of the educator's supervisor, the PDPs are not consistent with the educational improvement goals of the school and/or district.

(3) A supervisor's signature will indicate that the supervisor has reviewed the log of professional development activities maintained by the educator to ensure that the reported activities are consistent with the approved professional development plan. An educator whose supervisor refuses to sign a professional development plan may follow the review procedures set out in 603 CMR 44.04(1)(d) and 44.10.

(4) Approval of professional development plans of mathematics teachers in low-performing mathematics programs shall be subject to the following additional requirements:

(a) A supervisor shall not approve or sign the professional development plan of any mathematics teacher in a low-performing mathematics program until that educator takes the Mathematics Content Assessment. However, if no Mathematics Content Assessment is offered between the first date the educator is required to take the Mathematics Content Assessment, pursuant to the Under-Performing Schools and Districts Regulations, 603 CMR 2.05, and the last date on which the approval or signature may be granted, the supervisor may approve or sign the professional development plan of an educator who has not yet taken the Mathematics Content Assessment.
(b) In considering whether a professional development plan is consistent with the educational needs of the school and/or district and whether the plan is designed to enhance the ability of the educator to improve student learning, pursuant to 603 CMR 44.04 (1)(b), a supervisor must determine that the professional development plan addresses weaknesses identified by the Mathematics Content Assessment.
(c) In the event that a school's mathematics program is classified as a low-performing mathematics program after approval of the educator's professional development plan, the educator shall take the next Mathematics Content Assessment offered by the Board.
(d) In the event that a mathematics teacher who was not previously teaching in a school with a low-performing mathematics program goes to work in school with a low-performing mathematics program, that teacher will not have to take the Mathematics Content Assessment until the school's mathematics program is classified as low-performing based on the results of an MCAS mathematics test administered while the teacher is employed at the school.
(e) In biannual reviews conducted pursuant to 603 CMR 44.04 (2), a supervisor must withdraw approval of the professional development plan of any educator who has not taken the Mathematics Content Assessment offered by the Board, unless no Mathematics Content Assessment is offered between the time such Assessment was required of the educator, pursuant to 603 CMR 2.05 (2), and the time of the biannual review. A supervisor must also withdraw approval of any professional development plan that fails to address weaknesses identified by the Mathematics Content Assessment.

Regulatory Authority:
603 CMR 44.00: M.G.L. c. 71, §38G



Last Updated: May 2, 2016
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