Campus: CSU Office of the Chancellor -- November 12, 2001
CSU Graduates Join Teaching Profession in Record Numbers
Ninety-six percent of California State University graduates of teaching
credential programs are working in K-12 schools, helping to alleviate
the state's teacher crisis, according to an evaluation that will be presented
to the CSU Board of Trustees on Nov. 14.
This means that 19 of every 20 graduates of CSU teaching credential programs
were hired and are still teaching in schools throughout California one
full year following their graduation.
"This rate is exceptionally high compared to that of other states and
educational institutions," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "It is
a very positive result considering other reports of high attrition in
the teaching profession."
In 1999-2000, more than 10,500 teachers graduated from 21 CSU campuses
from Humboldt to San Diego.
- A record 81 percent of the elementary school teachers received high
marks from their supervisors regarding their level of preparation to
teach reading skills. And 80 percent of the school principals favorably
evaluated the university's preparation of elementary teachers in math.
- Furthermore, 86 percent of the supervisors -- school principals, vice-principals
and department chairs -- offered positive evaluations of the university's
preparation of teachers for grades 9-12.
- School supervisors also said that 84 percent of the graduates are
confident, responsive and supportive in their interactions with parents.
"The survey shows that our universities prepare new teachers effectively,
and that CSU graduates do well during their first challenging year in
the public schools," said CSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic
Officer David S. Spence.
"The high marks given by school principals offer evidence of CSU's effectiveness
at preparing teachers in reading and math, two crucial subjects for student
success and preparation for college," Spence said. "The evaluation also
shows that principals are satisfied with the performance of a vast majority
of new high-school teachers from the CSU."
When the new elementary teachers were asked about the same issues, 74
percent said they felt prepared to teach reading-language arts. And 70%
believe they are prepared to teach math following the new standards of
math teaching set by the state.
In high schools, 74 percent of the new teachers from the CSU believed
they were prepared to begin to teach their subject area.
"A substantial majority of our graduates feel they are ready to teach,"
said Spence. "These percentages are especially positive when it is recognized
that these are first-year teachers who are bound to feel some level of
apprehension during the initial year in a very challenging school environment."
California will need 300,000 new teachers for K-12 schools over the next
The California State University is the largest producer of teachers in
California and has made the commitment to reach out and prepare prospective
teachers to solve the state's shortage of fully credentialed teachers.
The study is the first evaluation of professional teacher preparation
programs by an entire university system in the nation. It is the largest
institutional evaluation ever done in California.
The evaluation conducted by the CSU Office of the Chancellor and the Deans
of Education gathered reports from 1,406 CSU teaching graduates and 1,186
"We undertook this study to see where our strengths are and where we need
to improve," said Chancellor Reed. "We will continue monitoring the progress
of our Teacher Education Programs and establishing the high goals necessary
to continuously produce superior teachers."
Areas of improvement:
- CSU campuses will make further changes in teacher preparation so
all children in grades K-8 will get effective instruction in reading,
language and math.
- CSU graduates who teach in high schools are very well prepared to
teach their major subjects. Next CSU will strengthen their preparation
to improve students' reading skills in several areas such as science,
history and math classes.