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§18-2I-3. Annual professional development master plan established by state board.

(a) The state board annually shall establish a master plan for professional development in the public schools of the state. As a first priority, the state board shall require adequate and appropriate professional development to ensure high-quality teaching that will support improved student achievement, enable students to meet the content standards established for the required curriculum in the public schools and to be prepared for college and careers.

(b) The state board annually shall submit the master plan to the State Department of Education, the Center for Professional Development, the regional educational service agencies, the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability.

(c) The state board shall annually establish goals for professional development and include the goals in the master plan. In establishing the goals, the state board shall review reports that may indicate a need for professional staff development including, but not limited to, the report of the Center for Professional Development created in article three-a, chapter eighteen-a of this code, student test scores on the statewide student assessment program, the measures of student and school performance for accreditation purposes, school and school district report cards and the state board's plans for the use of funds in the Strategic Staff Development Fund pursuant to section five of this article.

(d) Pursuant to section thirty-nine, article two of this chapter the state board shall include in its Master Plan for Professional Staff Development:

(1) Professional development for teachers teaching the transitional courses on how to teach the adopted college- and career-readiness standards for English/language arts and math; and

(2) Appropriate professional development for other teachers in at least grades eight through twelve on how to teach the adopted college- and career-readiness standards in English/language arts and math directly, as embedded in other subject areas or both, as appropriate.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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