Underqualified Teachers Continue to Teach California’s Highest-Needs Students

Underqualified Teachers Continue to Teach California’s Highest-Needs Students

November 22, 2019

“The most inexperienced and least qualified teachers continue to teach in schools with the highest-needs students in California,” reports John Fensterwald for EdSource. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, school districts are required “to write plans on how they would eliminate disparities in staffing in largely low-income, African-American and Latino schools and move toward hiring fully qualified teachers.” However, there has been little effort at the state level to monitor such plans. Now, education officials are pushing for more “accurate data on staffing disparities and a dashboard indicator to measure them” to make more informed decisions for how to direct funding for teacher training and more.