Statistics on planning time for elementary school teachers show that the teachers in Montgomery County, MD., have more planning time than the others studied by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Montgomery county elementary school teachers have 7 hours per week, or an average of 84 minutes per day for planning time. NCTQ’s Teacher Contract Database contains teacher policies from over 140 school districts and two charter management organizations.
The Washington Post reports that Tom Israel, director of the Montgomery County Education Association, said that the seven-hour weekly figure includes mandated meetings and trainings. The amount of individually managed planning time is just three hours and 45 minutes a week, an average of 45 minutes a day.
The Post also notes the analysis showed that “teachers in Virginia’s Prince William County had 45 minutes of planning time daily and Fairfax County teachers had 39 minutes a day. The most common amount of planning time for elementary school teachers nationwide is 45 minutes a day.”
The NCTQ also reports that the average teacher teacher workday is 7 ½ hours. “Henrico County (VA) and Sioux Falls (SD) are the two districts where teachers’ scheduled workday is longer than eight hours, while teachers in New York City, Sacramento, Jefferson Parish (LA), and Toledo (OH) have the shortest scheduled workdays at six hours and fifteen minutes.”