Report 2016-112 Recommendation 22 Responses

Report 2016-112: School Library Services: Vague State Laws and a Lack of Monitoring Allow School Districts to Provide a Minimal Level of Library Services (Release Date: November 2016)

Recommendation #22 To: Education, Department of

To better understand the condition of school libraries statewide and to raise stakeholders' awareness of the State Education Board's adopted model standards, Education should work with Teacher Credentialing to assist it in identifying potential misassignments by providing staffing information reported by school districts to Teacher Credentialing by April of each academic year.

1-Year Agency Response

Education's status on this recommendation is unchanged; no additional comments will be forthcoming.

  • Response Date: November 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Will Not Implement

We stand by our recommendation to California Department of Education that it should work with Teacher Credentialing to assist it in identifying potential misassignments by providing staffing information reported by school districts to Teacher Credentialing by April of each academic year. As we note on pages 21 and 22 of our report, by comparing data between Teacher Credentialing's Credentialing Automation System Enterprise and Education's California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, we identified 111 individuals whom districts reported as employed teacher librarians at some point during fiscal years 2010-11 through 2014-15 and who did not appear to possess the requisite credential or permit to provide library services. According to Teacher Credentialing's professional services division director, Teacher Credentialing has received staffing information from Education since fiscal year 2010-11. We, therefore, believe that Teacher Credentialing should continue to obtain this staffing information from Education and begin using it to identify and follow up on potential misassignments using its existing authority


6-Month Agency Response

Education continues to not concur with this recommendation.

  • Response Date: May 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Will Not Implement

We stand by our recommendation to California Department of Education that it should work with Teacher Credentialing to assist it in identifying potential misassignments by providing staffing information reported by school districts to Teacher Credentialing by April of each academic year. As we note on pages 21 and 22 of our report, by comparing data between Teacher Credentialing's Credentialing Automation System Enterprise and Education's California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, we identified 111 individuals whom districts reported as employed teacher librarians at some point during fiscal years 2010-11 through 2014-15 and who did not appear to possess the requisite credential or permit to provide library services. According to Teacher Credentialing's professional services division director, Teacher Credentialing has received staffing information from Education since fiscal year 2010-11. We, therefore, believe that Teacher Credentialing should continue to obtain this staffing information from Education and begin using it to identify and follow up on potential misassignments using its existing authority


60-Day Agency Response

Education continues to not concur with this recommendation.

  • Response Date: January 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Will Not Implement

We stand by our recommendation to California Department of Education that it should work with Teacher Credentialing to assist it in identifying potential misassignments by providing staffing information reported by school districts to Teacher Credentialing by April of each academic year. As we note on pages 21 and 22 of our report, by comparing data between Teacher Credentialing's Credentialing Automation System Enterprise

and Education's California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, we identified 111 individuals whom districts reported as employed teacher librarians at some point during fiscal years 2010-11 through 2014-15 and who did not appear to possess the requisite credential or permit to provide library services. According to Teacher Credentialing's professional services division director, Teacher Credentialing has received staffing information from Education since fiscal year 2010-11. We, therefore, believe that Teacher Credentialing should continue to obtain this staffing information from Education and begin using it to identify and follow up on potential misassignments using its existing authority


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Agency responses received are posted verbatim.