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Teacher Groups Frustrated With California ESSA Plan’s ‘Loose’ Definition Of Ineffective Teachers

Teacher advocacy groups are concerned that California’s definition of an ineffective teacher is too loose and won’t be bolstered before the state has to turn in its federal accountability plan in two months.

Each state must submit its plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act by Sept. 18, and one accountability measure is ensuring that low-income and minority students are not disproportionately taught by inexperienced or incompetent teachers.

But last week, California’s Board of Education approved a vague definition that observers say is not as robust as those offered by some of the states that have already turned in their plans to the federal government. California is one of 34 states yet to submit their plan.