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Right Start: Study of Teacher Early Career Policies in California

SRI is conducting a collaborative study of California policies that frame the first two years of a teacher’s career to better understand how these policies actually work.

Researchers from SRI, J. Koppich & Associates, and Inverness Research Associates are collaborating on a study of California state policies that frame the first two years of a teacher’s career. These policies concern beginning teacher induction, evaluation, clear credentialing, and tenure.

To best understand how these policies actually work, we are interviewing teachers, principals, and officials from districts across the state. California policymakers have considerable interest in teacher effectiveness issues. This study is designed to provide them with a deeper understanding of how policies affecting beginning teachers play out across the state, with the expectation that they will use this understanding to inform future policies.

Members of the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent, and the Director of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing are all interested in the results of the study. The Stuart Foundation is funding the study.