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General News    H3'ed 3/31/10

Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning Offers New Web-based Data Source on California's Teaching Workforce

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(Santa Cruz) The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning today announced that the data sets used inThe Status of the Teaching Profession 2009, their latest annual report on California's teaching workforce, are now available on their Web site atwww.cftl.org. The content, platform and format for the site were designed especially for use by policymakers, academic researchers, philanthropic organizations, journalists and others interested in public education in California.

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This new and important Web-based resource provides access to data that are publicly available through the California Department of Education but compiled and analyzed in unique ways for the Center by SRI International. Use of the data sets, which are not found elsewhere, is available free of charge.

Those visiting the Web site will be able to use this new resource to examine the preparation and experience of California's teaching force as well as the distribution of teachers by school characteristics, including poverty and minority. This year's data also provide a rich picture of the high school teaching force.Some, but not all of the teacher workforce data, are also available on a county-by-county basis.

The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning has provided data on the state's teacher workforce in its annual reports for over a decade. The Center has regularly brought together information from numerous and disparate data sources into one place to inform decision-making as part of its mission to ensure that every child has a fully prepared and effective teacher.The Center's expanded Web-based resource provides a new tool that can help to inform the work of educators and policymakers as they seek to strengthen teaching in California.

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Initial funding for the Center's new Web-based data resource was provided by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. The new Web-based data platform can be accessed online atwww.cftl.org/data

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