Fifth Annual CSU Teacher Preparation Report Shows Grads Ready to Teach

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(March 14, 2006) – A total of 96 percent of California State University graduates who have obtained teaching credentials since 2000 were teaching the first year after graduation, according to the fifth annual teacher evaluation of CSU’s Teacher Preparation Programs. Ninty-two percent of the graduates were teaching full-time with another four percent at part-time.

“Each year we’ve seen an increase in the effectiveness of our teacher preparation programs,” said Gary Reichard, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “This annual evaluation gives us the needed tools and feedback to continue to make improvements in the preparation of future teachers.”

The Chancellor’s Office surveyed K-12 classroom teachers who had completed their credential preparation at CSU campuses during the 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04 academic years. CSU also surveyed the school supervisors of beginning teachers.

The annual evaluation included a total of 12,760 teachers and is part of CSU’s efforts to remain accountable to the public about how well the CSU campuses are preparing teachers to teach elementary, middle and high school students.

Among the evaluation findings were:

  • 96 percent of CSU graduates were teaching full or part-time the first year after graduation; many of the part-time teachers served as substitute teachers while applying for full-time positions
  • In grades K-8, 83 percent of CSU teacher graduates were prepared to teach California’s K-8 reading standards, according to elementary school principals
  • In grades 7-12, 90 percent of CSU teachers were prepared to teach California high school curriculum standards in their major subjects, according to their academic supervisors; and
  • 94 percent of CSU English and math teachers were evaluated as prepared in these subjects, according to their supervisors who were the chairs of English and math departments
  • CSU math teachers are particularly well prepared in algebra and geometry, the subjects that all students must learn to be productive in an increasingly global economy
  • CSU English teachers are especially well-prepared in reading, vocabulary and composition, in which all students must be proficient in order to succeed at all schooling levels.
The report demonstrates the effectiveness of CSU in preparing new math teachers with a strong understanding of the state’s math curriculum, while highlighting the need for a larger number of these teachers at the high school level.

“With five years of teacher preparedness data, each CSU campus will be able to better evaluate the effectiveness of their programs,” said Reichard. “Graduating well prepared teachers is a core mission of the CSU and this annual evaluation is integral to teacher education.”

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

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Last Updated: March 14, 2006

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