Highly Qualified Teacher Information
Teachers of an Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) core academic subject must have:
- At least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
- Hold the appropriate California teaching credential, supplementary authorization, subject matter authorization, or be enrolled in a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved intern program for no more than three years; and
- Demonstrate subject-matter competence for each ESEA core academic subject they teach.
In California, ESEA core academic subjects are defined as:
- Mathematics (including math intervention and California High School Exit Exam [CAHSEE] math classes);
- Biological sciences; chemistry; geosciences; physics;
- Social science (history, government, economics, geography);
- Foreign languages (specific);
- Drama/theater; visual arts (including dance), music; and
- English/language arts/reading (including reading intervention and CAHSEE - English classes).
Self-contained elementary school teachers must demonstrate competence in the areas generally taught as part of the elementary school curriculum.
2009–10 Highly Qualified Teacher Data (XLS; 2MB; Updated 30-Sep-2010)
This self-reported data is provided for each LEA in the state.
The Staff Evaluation Reporting System (SERS) replaces the Great Teachers and Principals Survey that was used in 2010 and 2011 to collect data related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds (refer to the next section of this Web page).
The U.S Department of Education requires State Educational Agencies to collect the following data:
- Information regarding the system used to evaluate the performance of teachers and principals.
- The overall performance evaluation rating for all teachers at each school.
- The overall performance evaluation rating for all principals district-wide.
The data is collected annually and is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education through the EdFacts submission system.
Notification of Upcoming Required Reporting for the Staff Evaluation Reporting System (SERS) Survey
July 15, 2014: Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators regarding a notification of upcoming required reporting for the Staff Evaluation Reporting System (SERS) Survey
Required Reporting: Staff Evaluation Reporting System Survey
August 1, 2014: Letter to Letter to County and District Superintendents and Direct-Funded Charter School Administrators transmitting survey information and passwords.
States receiving monies under the SFSF must provide assurances in four key areas of education reform. The Great Teachers and Principals Survey is used to collect data required for the first reform area, achieving equity in teacher and principal distribution.
Section 14005(d) of Division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) requires the state to collect information from each subrecipient regarding teacher and principal evaluation systems. The CDE Great Teachers and Principals Survey collects the following information:
- The system used to evaluate the performance of teachers and principals and the use of results from those systems in decisions regarding principal development, compensation, promotion, retention, and removal.
- Whether the system used to evaluate the performance of teachers and principals includes student achievement outcomes or student growth data as an evaluation criterion.
- The number of teachers and principals rated at each performance rating or level.
Survey Data Search Tool
This search tool may be used to view 2010 and 2011 survey data submitted by eligible LEAs in California.