Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Promoting Equitable Access to Teachers

Resources to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) with gathering data and reporting disproportionate access to effective, experienced, and appropriately assigned teachers by low-income and minority students as required under the ESSA.

Program Overview

Access to a fully-prepared and stable teacher workforce is essential to educational opportunity. Research has shown higher levels of teacher preparedness has positive impacts on student achievement.

The ESSA Section 1112(b)(2) External link opens in new window or tab. requires each LEA receiving ESSA funds to submit a plan to the state educational agency that describes how it will identify and address any disparities that result in low-income and minority students being taught at higher rates than other students by ineffective, inexperienced, or out-of-field teachers; also referred to as equity gaps.

The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed the Promoting Equitable Access to Teachers (PEAT) Program to assist LEAs to identify and address local disparities, or equity gaps. A key element of the PEAT Program is a suite of equity tools designed to guide LEAs as they collect and analyze the appropriate data, conduct data analyses to identify potential equity gaps, conduct a root cause analysis and consider various strategies to address disparities, and engage stakeholders in the process.

PEAT Equity Tools

Updated Teacher Equity Definitions (New)

Diversifying the Teacher Workforce (New)

PEAT Training Webinars

Educator Equity Data Instructions (DOCX)

Equity Data Analysis Tools

Equitable Access Root Cause Analysis

Engaging Equity Stakeholders (DOCX)

Teacher Recruitment Strategies

Teacher Retention Strategies

Local Control and Accountability Plan Federal Addendum

Educator Equity: LCAP Addendum Criteria & Guidance
Criteria, guidance, and resources for local educational agencies (LEAs) to meet the provisions of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Federal Addendum Title I, Part A—Educator Equity section.

Educator Equity: LCAP Addendum Reviewer Criteria
Reviewer criteria to meet the provisions of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Federal Addendum Title I, Part A—Educator Equity section.

California State Equity Plans

A history of California’s most recent state equity plans.

California's 2017 State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators (DOC)
This plan details a theory of action, updated data and analysis, and progress toward achieving equitable access to excellent teachers and leaders for all students.

California's 2016 State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators (PDF)
This plan details a theory of action, updated data and analysis, and progress toward achieving equitable access to excellent teachers and leaders for all students.

California's 2015 State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators (PDF)
This plan details a theory of action and progress toward achieving equitable access to excellent teachers and leaders for all students.

California’s Teacher Equity Plan (DOC)
Addresses Requirement Six of the State’s Plan for HQT, written and approved by the State Board of Education in September 2010. It reflects the steps the State is currently taking to ensure that students from low-income families and minority students are not taught at higher rates than other students by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers.

Sample Notifications for Title I Programs

The two templates for parent notifications, as required by Title I, Part A, may be modified by schools for communications with local parents.

Parents' Right to Know Letter Regarding Teacher Qualifications (DOC)
Federal law requires that parents be notified at the beginning, and/or when appropriate anytime, of each school year of their right to know the professional qualifications of their child's teacher(s).

Available translations of the Parents' Right to Know Letter Regarding Teacher Qualifications

Teacher Requirements Four-Week Notice (DOC)
Federal law requires that parents be notified when their child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who has not met State certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.

Available translations of the Teacher Requirements Four-Week Notice

Questions:   Teacher and Leader Policy Office | TLPO@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-7331
Last Reviewed: Friday, January 17, 2020
Trending in Educator Excellence
No Trending items
Recently Posted in Educator Excellence
No items posted in the last 60 days.