California’s Teaching Force 2006 Key Issues and Trends
The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning and California State University, Office of the Chancellor Policy Analysis for California Education,University of California, Office of the President WestEd. This research was conducted by SRI International.
It is clear from actions taken in 2006 that education is a top priority for California’s legislature and Governor. State policymakers have used increased state revenues
to fund a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening the teacher workforce and improving student achievement, especially in the state’s lowest performing schools. It is within this context of persistent challenges and responsive policymaking that the Center for the
Future of Teaching and Learning presents its seventh annual report on the status of the teaching profession in California .
Although progress has been made in student achievement, the state is falling far short of its overall goals of having all students reach proficiency. Most startling, the achievement gap between African-American and Latino students and their white and Asian peers is not closing. In response and partly because of a favorable budget environment, state policymakers have achieved consensus in a series of legislative and budgetary initiatives targeted at the lowest performing schools and increasing teacher quality throughout the state. Impetus on both these fronts—equity and teacher quality—continues to come from the federal NCLB requirement. This report discusses current trends in the supply, demand, and distribution of teachers. It provides details on the impact of recent policy changes on the teacher development system, and highlights themes that emerge from the new policies and programs and assesses the adequacy of the state’s efforts. It also provides recommendations for next steps to ensure that the state continues to build on the
efforts begun this year.