Online resource offers easy access to teacher workforce data

Getting reliable data on the state's teacher workforce in the past could be a trying task - but a new web-based service opened by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning can produce drill-down detail with only a few clicks of a mouse.

Want to know the percentage of teachers with 20 or more years of experience statewide? How about the number of novice teachers working by county? What about the percentage of new teachers working in schools with high poverty students?

Teaching workforce data for the 2009-10 school year has been assembled in an accessible platform with the content and format specifically designed with a wide cross-section of the public in mind including policymakers, academic researchers, philanthropic organizations and journalists.

The center notes that this resource is focused on the distribution of underprepared and novice teachers by school characteristics and is limited to data collected for the 2009-10 school year.

They noted that the collection was limited because of problems with the state's longitudinal data program - but expectations are that next year, and beyond, broader analyses will be possible.

Funding for the project was provided by S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and much of the data crunching was performed by Menlo Park-based SRI International.

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