The Status of the Teaching Profession 2009

The Status of the Teaching Profession 2009

Many California high school teachers lack the preparation, skills, and support they need to help their students learn, a new report from the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning finds. Based on a survey by SRI International, the report, The Status of the Teaching Profession 2009 (150 pages, PDF), found that just 68 percent of the state's high school principals believed that a substantial majority of their teachers (at least two-thirds) had the pedagogical skills to promote critical thinking and problem solving or the interpersonal skills needed to connect with students. The rate varied widely by school poverty level, with 78 percent of principals in the state's most affluent high schools reporting that a substantial majority of their teachers had such skills, compared to 48 percent of principals in the state's least affluent schools.