SACRAMENTO -- The teaching profession in California is facing a gloomy future, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning.

Massive cuts to education over the past three years have made it difficult for teachers to meet rising expectations and have hurt the state's ability to recruit and prepare new teachers, the report found.

"California's teaching work force is running on empty," Margaret Gaston, president of the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, said in a news release. "The disinvestment in building a top quality teacher work force is at odds with rising demands for students' academic success."

This is the 12th annual report by Gaston's group, which aims to help policymakers and others understand the need to strengthen the teaching profession.

Researchers from SRI International analyzed 13 California school districts and five institutions of higher education in the state.

The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning has also called attention to a projected teacher shortage, which the group says will happen when the economy recovers. Far fewer college graduates are entering teacher credentialing programs, at the same time a wave of baby boomer teacher retirements is anticipated to hit in the next few years.

For example, at San Juan Unified, 45 percent of the district's 2,142 teachers and counselors will be at retirement age in the next five years. Meanwhile, Sacramento State produced about 465 credentialed teachers during the 2009 school year. That was down 23 percent from 2005.

For the full report and its recommendations, go to www.cftl.org.