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We oversee the state's diverse public school system, which is responsible for the education of more than six million children and adults in more than 65,555 schools with 795,555 teachers. We are in charge of enforcing education law and regulations and continuing to reform and improve public school programs.

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State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, a former science teacher, is leading the way toward a new era in science education in California that includes more rigorous academic standards, new guidance for teachers, and new online tests in the spring. This approach emphasizes hands-on learning and teaching students to think like scientists.

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Research indicates that social and emotional learning (SEL) is fundamental to academic success and must be woven into the work of classroom teachers and after school and summer enrichment programs to help prepare our students for school and life. The California Department of Education is committed to helping educators learn more about SEL and how to make this a part of every child’s school experience.


California graduation rates have increased for the seventh year in a row and are now at an all-time high of percent, with the biggest increases during that period taking place among English learners, African Americans, and Latinos. Superintendent Torlakson believes the increasing rates reflect renewed optimism and increased investments in our schools.

California has just launched a new accountability system to provide educators, parents, and the public with important information they can use to evaluate their schools and school districts in an easy-to-understand report card format.

The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

Each year State Superintendent Torlakson and the California Department of Education honor five Teachers of the Year. These are the best of the best—dedicated, innovative, and creative leaders who inspire and transform the lives of countless students, while serving as role models for educators. Find out about them and how you can become a teacher.

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