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Educator workforce & effectiveness

Educator workforce & effectiveness

Educator quality is the most influential school-based factor that contributes to student outcomes.  In California, the teacher pipeline is comprised of institutions that provide teacher candidates with opportunities to learn the knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. K-12 schools play a large role in this system, teaching novices the K-12 curriculum, providing the learning context for all field placements, as well as providing mentor teachers for student teaching placements and induction mentors. 

Efforts to find qualified teachers has become more challenging in California, as the number of emergency teaching credentials has more than doubled since 2012-13. School leadership is similarly important and challenging. Policy and practices to build teacher and principal quality in California will need to take into account growing demand, fewer qualified people for positions, and high turnover. 

PACE's work in this area is designed to highlight the problems and help the state work toward evidence-based solutions. 

Recent Topic Publications
Report Koppich Jan 2019
In fall 2018, the Local Control Funding Formula Research Collaborative (LCFFRC) conducted surveys of stratified random samples of California superintendents and principals. Superintendent results were published in June 2018 in Superintendents Speak…
GDTFII Brief Supply
California is experiencing one of its most severe teacher shortages1 in two decades. Budget cuts and layoffs resulting from the recession contributed to a steep decline in the number of teachers in California, falling from a high of 310,362 teachers…
GDTFII Brief Improving
California has a keen interest in ensuring the effectiveness of the teachers in its classrooms. The quality of teaching affects student learning and has a lasting impact on students’ success in school and in the labor market. Improving the quality…
GDTFII Brief Principals
There is a common theme around California education, and leadership development is no exception. The state used to have nationally recognized model programs of professional development for principals and superintendents, but many were defunded and…