2011 Identifying Effective Teachers Policy
The state should base licensure advancement on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
California's requirements for licensure advancement and renewal are not based on evidence of teacher effectiveness.
California defines two types of certification most commonly used in elementary and secondary schools, respectively. To advance from the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential to the Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a teacher must complete an approved Professional Teacher Induction Program, which includes advanced study of health education, special populations, computer technology and teaching English learners. In addition, a category of program standards addresses "opportunities for participants to demonstrate effective teaching."
The requirements are the same for teachers advancing from a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential to a Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential.
California does not require evidence of effectiveness to be factored into the renewal of a professional license. Licenses must be renewed every five years. Renewal applicants must only answer a series of "professional fitness" questions.
http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/renew-manually.html Commission on Teacher Credentialing http://www.ctc.ca.gov/
Require evidence of effectiveness as a part of teacher licensing policy.
California should require evidence of teacher effectiveness to be a factor in determining whether teachers can renew their licenses or advance to a higher-level license.
Discontinue licensure requirements with no direct connection to classroom effectiveness.
While California's induction program includes some targeted coursework on special populations and English language learners that may expand teacher knowledge and include opportunities for teachers to demonstrate effective instruction, the state should ensure that its requirements do not merely call for teachers to complete a certain amount of seat time. Such requirements will not advance teacher effectiveness.
California recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.