The Distribution of Emergency Permit Teachers in California

Laura Goe

Abstract


There is a significant negative relationship between the percentage of teachers on emergency permits and student achievement at the school level in California schools, after controlling for other student and school characteristics. Generally, the more emergency permit teachers there are in a school, the lower the school's achievement. This phenomenon is examined in the context of other contributors to student achievement such as socio-economic status and school size. The effects of teacher distribution and school selection as contributing factors are considered. In addition, policy and legislative initiatives related to emergency permit teachers that have been recently debated in California will be discussed. Finally, a set of initiatives is proposed that attempt to decrease the need for emergency permit teachers and ensure that those that must be hired due to shortage conditions have the support they need to become credentialed teachers.

Keywords


Alternative Teacher Certification; Beginning Teachers; Elementary Secondary Education; Equal Education; State Legislation; Teacher Qualification

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v10n42.2002

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