27% of Educators of English Learners Lack Credentials in California

 

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will report today on the numbers of teachers who lack appropriate credentials for the populations and subjects that they teach.  Notable for readers of this blog is that about 27 percent (8,525) of educators who work with and on behalf of English Language Learners were not certified to do so.  These "missassignments" have been under scrutiny since 2005 when the state began monitoring underperforming schools more closely.  It is troubling that "in 2010-11, the most recent year of data available, 13 percent of certificated staff – more than 12,000 in all, most of whom were teachers – at the lowest-performing schools did not have the appropriate credentials for their assignments."  Given the robust research base and high quality programs for teaching English Learners coupled with the persistent achievement gap between native English speakers and students learning English, it is time that California find new avenues to assuring that every language learner has a teacher who is prepared to meet their needs. 

References:
Lin, J. State reported inflated rate of teachers lacking credentials. CaliforniaWatch.org, September 28 2012.

Purdue, R.L., California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, "Assignment Monitoring of Certificated Employees in California by County Offices of Education 2007-2011, A Report to the Legislature", September 2012



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