California: College and Career Policies

On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the CAASPP System of assessments.

California updated the Health Education standards in 2008.

California updated the Mathematics standards in 2013. They are aligned to the Common Core State Standards adopted in 2010.

As per California Education Code Section 51225.3, California has additional requirements for graduation.

As per California Education Code Section 51225.3, students are required to take 2 years of math to graduate.

Professional development hours are not required to renew a certificate. Regulations surrounding educator certification are linked.

On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the CAASPP System of assessments. This includes Smarter Balanced Assessments for Mathematics.

California updated the Visual and Performing Arts Standards in 2001.

California updated the Physical Education Standards in 2005.

California updated the Visual and Performing Arts Standards in 2001.

California follows seven professional learning standards of data, content and pedagogy, equity, design and structure, collaboration and shared accountability, resources, and alignment and coherence.

The California State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

California updated the Science Education standards in 2013.

California doesn't have statewide comprehensive teacher evaluation system, due to EDUCATION CODE SECTION 44660-44665. 44660. "It is the intent of the Legislature that governing boards establish a uniform system of evaluation and assessment of the performance of all certificated personnel within each school district of the state, including schools conducted or maintained by county superintendents of education.

As per California Education Code Section 51225.3, California requires 2 years of science courses to graduate.

The Framework comes from the work of the CTA Teacher Evaluation Workgroup, which includes a broad cross section of local educators throughout California, State Council members, chapter presidents, higher education faculty and CTA staff. The Workgroup was created by the CTA Board of Directors upon recommendation of the CTA ESEA Workgroup in February 2010. The Workgroup was appointed by the CTA Board of Directors. It includes a cross section of local educators throughout California, State Council members, chapter presidents, higher education faculty and CTA staff. It also includes the Chairs and staff consultants from seven State Council committees.

On September 4, 2013, the State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve as required by California Education Code Section 60605.85. The NGSS Appendices A–M also were adopted to assist teachers in the implementation of the new science standards and to aid in the development of the new science curriculum framework. The California Department of Education is developing assessments based on the NGSS.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing oversees the California teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to be certified within the state.

California updated the Social Studies standards in 1998.

In order to become a certified teacher in California, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, complete and approved teacher preparation program, and pass a required certification examination.

As per California Education Code Section 51225.3, California requires 3 years of social studies to graduate.

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing determines the standards for teacher preparation programs.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

California uses it's own standards, but if other state or national standards are found to be comparable, they can be substituted. § 44225.7. Fully prepared teachers; approval of candidates where fully prepared teachers are unavailable — As used in this section, a “fully prepared teacher” means an individual who has completed a teacher preparation program. For purposes of this subdivision, a “teacher preparation program” means either a set of courses, including supervised field experience, or an equivalent alternative program, that provides a curriculum of systematic preparation for serving as an educator in California public schools.

Professional development hours are not required to renew a certificate. Regulations surrounding educator certification are linked.

California updated the English Language Arts standards in 2013. They are aligned to the Common Core State Standards adopted in 2010.

California updated the World Language Standards in 2009.

As per California Education Code Section 51225.3, students must complete 3 years of English prior to graduation.

The newly revised CTE Model Curriculum Standards designed to prepare students to be both Career and College ready were adopted by the SBE on January 16, 2013.