Linda Darling-Hammond, chair of teacher credentialing commission, calls the state assessment out of date and not a good predictor of classroom performance.
The current era of discipline reform in California is putting greater emphasis on an aspect of teaching that has long gotten the short shrift in teacher credentialing programs.
Special education teachers will again be qualified to teach in general education classrooms.
Colleges will have another option for a 4-year path to a teaching credential.
Many are filling the gap with intern teachers and those with short-term permits.
Amid the state's teacher shortage, California issued more than 10,200 intern credentials, permits and waivers to underprepared teachers so they could work in classrooms in 2015-16.
School employees in 25 school districts or county offices of education who want to become teachers are eligible to receive annual grants of up to $4,000 as part of an effort to add more teachers to the workforce.
The grants support programs that allow students to get a bachelor's degree and teaching credential in four years.
Among the 211 districts that participated in the survey, 75 percent indicated having a shortage of qualified teachers for the current school year.
Most of California's largest school districts filled nearly all their job openings.
One-fifth of California high schools will offer the course this year
Most additional money would feed Local Control Funding Formula.
The state has long struggled with a shortage of math and science teachers.
The Legislative Analyst's Office says a lack of data on teachers creates a policy vacuum.
Substitutes filling in for teachers on leave would be able to stay longer.