The STEM Teacher Drought: Cracks and Disparities in California’s Math and Science Teacher Pipeline
Throughout California educators are implementing new standards that are designed to better prepare students for college and career – yet schools are also dealing with a teacher shortage. Our new report, “The STEM Teacher Drought: Cracks and Disparities in California’s Math and Science Teacher Pipeline”, examines the shortage of qualified science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in California’s schools. Digging into the overall California teacher shortage, the report asks important questions about which types of districts suffer the most from a shortage of STEM teachers and finds patterns within the STEM teacher shortage and differences in which students are more likely to be taught by under-qualified STEM teachers. To address this shortage, the report also highlights bright spots, identifying districts with innovative and comprehensive teacher support programs and partnerships between districts and teacher training programs and presents recommendations on how to strengthen the STEM teacher pipeline.