A new report calls for major improvements in the way California teachers are recruited, trained, and evaluated. It’s a result of the state’s 48-member Task Force on Educator Excellence.
Education officials say the 90-page report is the first comprehensive look in a generation at how to recruit the best teachers, develop their work and provide useful feedback.
Linda Darling-Hammond co-chaired the task force. She says despite both local and state budget cuts, there are changes that can be made now.
“We can address the way in which we certify teachers…what are our expectations for what people learn and can do before they get a license. We can address the ways for which we can accredit teacher education programs and administrator preparation programs.”
Darling-Hammond says the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the state Department of Education are expected to implement some of the recommendations.