During 2015, a group of diverse states began to work together to redesign their accountability systems so as to better support school improvement and students’ acquisition of deeper learning skills to ensure all students are college, career, and life ready upon graduation. This report documents the progress made by 10 states to transform their systems of accountability to support more meaningful learning opportunities for all students.
Linda Darling-HammondRoberta C. FurgerPatrick M. ShieldsLeib Sutcher
After many years of teacher layoffs in California, school districts are using an influx of new k–12 funding to hire again. However, the supply of teachers has not kept pace with the increased demand. This report examines shortage indicators, discusses their impact on students, analyzes factors that influence teacher supply and demand in California and nationally, and recommends policies to ensure an adequate supply of fully prepared teachers where they are needed.
In 2015, California allocated $490 million to professional learning systems statewide, for districts to improve their overall professional capacity, especially the competence of teachers and principals within their school systems. This report is intended to help districts think through strategies to support all the allowable uses of funds and discusses how districts can approach professional learning in their implementation of state academic standards.