A greater than ever moral imperative exists today to create an education system that addresses the complex needs of a diverse range of learners. Increased rigor in college- and career- ready standards, changing demographics, and persistent achievement gaps among subgroups of learners
demand a system that prepares educators to be effective in addressing the needs of students who are most likely to struggle to succeed.
Struggling learners, including students with disabilities, English language learners (ELL), or students with other unidentified learning and behavior needs, can succeed in meeting college- and career ready standards only if educators are prepared to meet their needs. General education teachers must provide core instruction that is accessible and differentiated. Special education teachers, ELL specialists, and other school personnel must be ready to provide the increasingly intense academic and behavioral instruction that these students require. Early intervention and successful prevention that addresses academic and behavioral needs depends on a multi-tiered system of support.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in partnership with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center (CEEDAR), is pleased to release the following potential actions states can take to build on current progress to transform educator
preparation and produce teachers and leaders who have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners.