CenterView: Equity and Excellence in Education
Students in Calfornia’s high-minority schools are five times more likely to have an underprepared teacher than their peers attending low-minority schools.
Similarly, students in low-performing schools are more likely to have underprepared teachers than their peers in high-performing schools.
Research shows the students who need well-prepared and effective teachers the most are the least likely to receive them. Based on the inequities already present in California schools and the impending teacher shortage, there is reason for concern that greater maldistribution of underprepared teachers will occur in the near future.
This issue of CenterView, produced by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, highlights current inequities in the distribution of underprepared teachers in California. It also outlines recommendations for policymakers to ensure every child can learn from a fully prepared and effective teacher.
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