Low-Income Schools Are Teeming With Inexperienced Staff. Meaningful Change Could Be Coming Next Year.

2020 could be the year when California lawmakers tackle the problem of inexperienced teaching staff in the state’s most at-risk schools once and for all.

As CalSchoolNews has covered previously, California is struggling with a shortage of experienced and qualified teachers, particularly in the state’s low-income and underperforming schools. Research shows it has a sizable impact on the achievement gap.

As EdSource reports, “sometime next spring, the state will have collected and will make publicly available comprehensive data detailing the numbers and percentages in every school and district of ‘ineffective,’ ‘inexperienced’ and ‘out-of-field’ teachers — categories of underqualified teachers that federal law requires districts to count.” That means “schools staffed disproportionately with novice and underqualified teachers would get more visibility and public scrutiny. Districts with schools with low ratings — red or orange — signifying the biggest staffing needs would have no option but to address their hiring and retention problems.”

It’s possible that schools flagged for inexperienced staff could be required to use federal funding to address deficiencies.

Read more about California’s ongoing qualified teacher shortages and how the state could respond here.


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