The formal policies and agreements that establish the work rules for teachers have important consequences for what schools can and cannot do. Despite their importance, collective bargaining agreements and personnel policies too often escape public scrutiny.
Our Tr3 database facilitates exploration of contracts from more than 100 large school districts across the country.
View your district's policies
Compare policies across districts
Learn about promising practices
Find out how state policies shape what happens at the local level
District Policy Analyses
NCTQ is currently working in communities to provide customized analysis of district human capital policies, primarily focusing on the teachers' contract. These reports serve as a starting point to refocus district efforts on teacher quality.
Specifically the reports shed a light on what policies are working well and which are not, also comparing a district's policies with those of surrounding districts and other similar districts nationally. We lay out a blueprint of suggested improvements and highlight possible solutions that have been successful elsewhere.
These reports helped shape the scope of teacher contract negotiations and have resulted in major reforms in urban school districts around the country.
District Data Check-List (August 2010)
Many districts struggle with multiple—and often incompatible—data systems for tracking payroll, collecting teacher evaluations, recruiting and hiring. This following checklist outlines the goals, data and questions to guide districts in developing a smart human capital strategy.
In 2009, NCTQ issued a call for proposals to generate academic research using the TR3 database that would increase knowledge about the impact of collective bargaining agreements, school board policies and state laws on teacher quality and student achievement. Finalists from universities across the nation defended their original research before a jury of national experts and competed for a top prize of $15,000.
Changes in Free and Reduced Lunch Rates in Tr3 Districts
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