Aspiring California educators will next year begin to compile subject-specific portfolios similar to those prepared by teachers seeking national-board certification as they seek state teaching credentials. Designed by 30 of the state's teachers' colleges, the new assessment is "a much more holistic assessment, a deeper assessment of teachers' content knowledge and pedagogy, a deeper assessment of student learning and teacher response to student learning," said Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor of education at Stanford.

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