For Immediate Release: EdVoice and 12 Orgs Oppose Elimination of TPAs

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Sacramento, CA (June 5, 2024)EdVoice and 12 other organizations have submitted a letter to the California Legislature expressing opposition to Senate Bill 1263. This bill would eliminate the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) requirement for teacher candidates attaining their preliminary multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist teaching credential through a teacher preparation program. The bill’s most recent amendments would also eliminate the requirement for teacher candidates to demonstrate their knowledge in literacy instruction, a requirement only recently passed in 2021 through Senate Bill 488 (Rubio).

“Performance assessments are an important measure to demonstrate that teachers are prepared to teach on day one in the classroom. The financial burden of assessments, however, should not fall on prospective teacher candidates,” said Marshall Tuck, CEO of EdVoice. “We recommend the state waive the costs of TPAs to remove potential barriers to the teaching profession, while maintaining an important tool to effectively hold teacher preparation programs accountable in meeting the state’s adopted standards of quality and effectiveness,” Tuck added.

For Immediate Release: EdVoice Sponsors Early Literacy Legislation (AB 2222)

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Sacramento, CA (February 7, 2024)  – Only three in 10 third-grade students from low-income communities can read at grade level compared to six in 10 of their higher-income peers, according to a policy brief co-authored by the California Early Literacy Coalition. Today, Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) introduced a new early literacy bill, AB 2222, to ensure a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to teaching all of California’s elementary school students how to read and addressing the deep inequities around reading achievement for California’s most vulnerable students. The bill has bipartisan support from 13 co-authors and is sponsored by EdVoice, Decoding Dyslexia CA and Families In Schools.


For Immediate Release: Early Literacy Policy Brief Just Released

Early Literacy Policy Brief Press Release

Our sister organization, EdVoice Institute—in collaboration with its California Early Literacy Coalition partners at Decoding Dyslexia CA, 21st Century Alliance, Families In Schools, and California Reading Coalition—is excited to announce the release of its Early Literacy Policy Brief. The brief proposes a research-based early literacy policy agenda anchored in the Science of Reading that, if passed and implemented effectively, will help California accelerate its path toward literacy for all students by the third grade.