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Evaluation of the New Generation of Educators Initiative

This study investigates a multi-year effort to ensure that the California State University teacher preparation programs are producing the teachers California K–12 school districts will need as they complete their transition to new standards.

Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California is a multiyear effort to ensure that the California State University (CSU) teacher preparation programs are producing the teachers California K–12 school districts will need as they complete their transition to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Launched by CSU in partnership with the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the initiative also aims to build the capacity of both individual campuses and the CSU system as a whole to collect, analyze, and use data to drive programmatic decision-making.

SRI and WestEd are jointly conducting an external evaluation of the initiative at eight CSU campuses: CalStateTEACH, Channel Islands, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus. The goal is to investigate the teacher preparation pipelines, changes to the nature of credentialing programs, effectiveness of teachers, and campus systems for supporting ongoing improvement.

Researchers will analyze quantitative and qualitative data to examine individual campus efforts to transform teacher preparation, how well these efforts are being implemented, and to what extent they are resulting in more effective teachers. In turn, the evaluation will support funded campuses in building the capacity to self-monitor their progress both during and after the study.

The evaluation will summarize lessons learned for policymakers and educators interested in improving teacher preparation programs’ ability to graduate effective teachers of the new academic standards and to institutionalize data systems and processes to drive programmatic decision-making.

Project Director: H. Alix Gallagher