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Unequal access, unequal results: Equitable teacher distribution in Miami-Dade County Public Schools

August 2014

This report analyzes the distribution of teachers in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

 

Teacher Prep Review 2014 Report

June 2014

Teacher Prep Review 2014 is the second edition of NCTQ's annual assessment of the nation's 2,400 teacher prep programs. The Review uncovers early evidence that teacher prep programs are beginning to make changes. It arrives at a time of heightened, unprecedented activity across the nation to improve teacher preparation.

 

Roll Call: The importance of teacher attendance

June 2014

This report breaks down teacher attendance for 40 districts in the nation's largest cities in the 2012-2013 school year. We identify districts with the greatest percentage of teachers with excellent attendance as well as those with the biggest percentages of chronically absent teachers. In addition to identifying districts that are leaders and laggards in school attendance, the report takes a look at the impact of school poverty levels on teacher attendance and whether or not...

 

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Pittsburgh Public Schools

May 2014

This report examines teacher quality policies and practices Pittsburgh Public Schools and provides Pittsburgh with a tailored analysis of the teacher policy areas most in need of critical attention, as well as areas of strength for the district.

 

State-by-State Evaluation Timeline Briefs

March 2014

With the whirlwind of activity around teacher evaluation over the last five years, it would be easy to conclude that most states now have teacher evaluation systems that include evidence of student learning and that most teachers across the country now face consequences--both positive and negative--based on their ratings from these systems. While there has indeed been tremendous activity at the policy level, the reality is that most states have barely begun to implement...

 

2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: National Summary

January 2014

The State Teacher Policy Yearbook presents the most detailed analysis available of each state's performance against, and progress toward, a set of specific, research-based teacher policy goals aimed at helping states build a comprehensive policy framework in support of teacher effectiveness.

 

Training our future teachers: Classroom management

December 2013

This report examines traditional teacher preparation in classroom management, which is a struggle for many teachers, especially new ones. It studies over 100 programs, both elementary and secondary, graduate and undergraduate. The report identifies the classroom management strategies that garner the strongest research support and looks at the extent to which programs teach and offer practice in these strategies in instructional and clinical coursework, as well as in student teaching.

 

Teacher Quality Roadmap Revisited: Checking in on Springfield, Massachusetts

November 2013

This is a follow-up study of teacher policies in Springfield Public Schools as a complement to the original report which was released in October 2011. The follow-up study focuses primarily on a review of the contract ratified in May 2013 between the Springfield Education Association and the Springfield School Committee.

 

State of the States 2013 Connect the Dots: Using Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness to Inform Policy and Practice

October 2013

This report provides a detailed and up-to-date lay of the land on teacher evaluation policies across the 50 states and DCPS. It also offers a more in-depth look at the states with the most ambitious teacher evaluation systems, including their efforts to connect teacher evaluation to other policy areas. In addition, it includes some advice and lessons learned from states' early experiences on the road to improving teacher evaluation systems.

 

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Dayton Public Schools

June 2013

This report examines teacher quality policies and practices in the Dayton Public Schools and provides Dayton with a tailored analysis of the teacher policy areas most in need of critical attention, as well as areas of strength for the district.

 

Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report

June 2013

The first edition of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review isan unprecedented evaluation of more than 1,100 colleges anduniversities that prepare elementary and secondary teachers.As a consumer tool, it allows aspiring teachers, parents and schooldistricts to compare programs and determine which are doing the best --and weakest -- job of training new teachers.

 

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in the School District of Philadelphia

May 2013

This report examines teacher quality policies and practices in the School District of Philadelphia and provides Philadelphia with a tailored analysis of the teacher policy areas most in need of critical attention, as well as areas of strength for the district.

 

The Recession's Impact on Teacher Salaries

May 2013

This report breaks down how some of the nation's largest districts adjusted their pay schemes to account for tightened budgets. The report finds that teacher raises for experience and market forces like inflation were one-third to one-half of what they were at the beginning of the recession.

 

Teacher preparation program student performance data models: Six core design principles

April 2013

At the intersection of policy pushes to assess teacher effectiveness and to improve accountability systems for teacher preparation programs lie state efforts to connect student achievement data to preparation programs. We've taken a close look at the experience of early adopters and, in this brief, offer six core principles for strong design.

 

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Oakland

March 2013

This study looks at the policies and practices shaping teacher quality in the Oakland Unified School District. It is part of a series of analyses by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) looking at select school districts across the nation.

 

2012 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: Improving Teacher Preparation National Summary

January 2013

The State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides detailed analysis of any and every state policy that impacts the teaching profession. The Yearbook is a 52-volume encyclopedia (51 state reports including the District of Columbia plus a national summary) produced every other year, measuring states' policies against a realistic blueprint for reform.

 

No One Benefits: How Teacher Pension Systems are Failing BOTH Teachers and Taxpayers

December 2012

A 50-state look at the funding crisis in the pension systems that serve teachers, including features that make them so costly and elements that aren't fair, advantageous or beneficial to all teachers.

 

State of the States 2012: Teacher Effectiveness Policies - Area 3: Identifying Effective Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief

December 2012

Interim editions of the Yearbook provide shorter briefs for each state that include a state-specific action plan, updating states' progress on Yearbook goals and giving advice on how to prioritize policy needs.

 

Making Effectiveness Matter - Area 5: Exiting Ineffective Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief

December 2012

Interim editions of the Yearbook provide shorter briefs for each state that include a state-specific action plan, updating states' progress on Yearbook goals and giving advice on how to prioritize policy needs.

 

Cultivating an Effective Teacher Workforce - Area 4: Retaining Effective Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief

January 2012

Interim editions of the Yearbook provide shorter briefs for each state that include a state-specific action plan, updating states' progress on Yearbook goals and giving advice on how to prioritize policy needs.

 

Building a Better Alternate Route - Area 2: Expanding the Pool of Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief

August 2012

Interim editions of the Yearbook provide shorter briefs for each state that include a state-specific action plan, updating states' progress on Yearbook goals and giving advice on how to prioritize policy needs.

 

All Quiet on the Preparation Front - Area 1: Delivering Well-Prepared Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief

August 2012

Interim editions of the Yearbook provide shorter briefs for each state that include a state-specific action plan, updating states' progress on Yearbook goals and giving advice on how to prioritize policy needs.

 

A Closer Look at Teacher Leave Benefits: An Apples to Apples Comparison

August 2012

This brief explains a new approach that NCTQ is taking for reporting how much leave public school teachers receive in the large school districts that are featured in our TR3 database (www.nctq.org/tr3). Here we describe the reporting problems that we encountered and how we have resolved those inconsistencies, making it fairer to compare leave benefits across districts. We also show which large districts offer the most leave in the United States and the least....

 

What Teacher Preparation Programs Teach about K-12 Assessment: A review

May 2012

This report provides information on the preparation provided to teacher candidates from teacher training programs so that they can fully use assessment data to improve classroom instruction.

 

2011 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: National Summary

January 2012

The State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides detailed analysis of any and every state policy that impacts the teaching profession. The Yearbook is a 52-volume encyclopedia (51 state reports including the District of Columbia plus a national summary) produced every other year, measuring states' policies against a realistic blueprint for reform.

 

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools

January 2012

This study looks at the policies and practices shaping teacher quality in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). It is part of a series of analyses by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) looking at select school districts across the nation.

 

State of the States: Trends and Early Lessons on Teacher Evaluation and Effectiveness Policies

December 2011

A current picture of the teacher evaluation policy landscape, including in-depth analysis of states with some of the most ambitious policies and early observations of the challenges states face.

 

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Springfield, Massachusetts

October 2011

At the request of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, and with additional support from the Springfield Business Leaders for Education, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) undertook this analysis of teacher policies in the Springfield Public Schools.

 

Student Teaching in the United States

July 2011

Student teaching serves as a capstone experience for nearly 200,000 teacher candidates each year. In an effort to understand how to get student teaching "right," NCTQ embarked on an ambitious effort to measure student teaching programs nationwide, assessing the degree to which they have the right pieces in place necessary for delivering a high quality program.

 

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in LAUSD

June 2011

Designed as a tool to highlight what is and is not working in our local schools, the report compares LAUSD's policies with both surrounding districts and similar districts around the nation. The report also identifies local and state legislative reforms that would facilitate district efforts to attract and retain highly effective teachers.

 

Recommendations for the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Removing the Roadblocks: How Federal Policy Can Cultivate Effective Teachers

May 2011

Joining the chorus of advocates calling for moving from highly qualified to highly effective teachers, NCTQ offers recommendations for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) so that Congress and the U.S. Department of Education can help states

 

2010 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: Blueprint for Change National Summary

January 2011

As a companion to last year's comprehensive state-by-state analysis, the 2010 edition provides each state with an individualized Blueprint for Change, building off last year's Yearbook goals and recommendations.

 

Building Teacher Quality in the Kansas City, Missouri School District

January 2011

This study looks at the policies and practices shaping teacher quality in the Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD). for this analysis we explored the policies (found in both the collective bargaining agreement and state law) that shape teacher quality. We collected personnel data from the district and met with teachers, principals, union leaders and district administrators to get a better understanding of how these policies play out in practice.

 

Restructuring Teacher Pay To Reward Excellence

December 2010

This paper illustrates ways districts can rethink their teacher payrolls and salary schedules to find innovative ways to reward teacher excellence, absent additional funds.

 

Arizona's Race to the Top: What Will it Take to Compete?

January 2010

NCTQ's advice to states on what they can do to improve their shot at getting a portion of the $4.35 billion in Race to the Top funds.

 

Ed School Essentials: A Review of Illinois Teacher Preparation

November 2010

The Prairie State is the latest focus of NCTQ's ongoing study of teacher-preparation programs across the country. This time around, we evaluate 113 undergraduate and graduate programs at 53 ed schools, with one big takeaway: Illinois needs to do much more to prepare teachers for today's classrooms.

 

The All-Purpose Science Teacher: An Analysis of Loopholes in State Requirements for High School Science Teachers

December 2010

NCTQ's analysis of science-teacher licensure policies in every state of the union reveals that most offer loopholes allowing high school teachers to teach specific subjects without adequate preparation. Eleven states get a green light for avoiding such loopholes, but 33 are given red.

 

Bumping HR: Giving Principals More Say Over Staffing

February 2010

In too many school districts, principals have little say over which teachers work in their buildings. NCTQ's new policy brief explores the staffing policies in 101 school districts and points to promising practices and solutions for states and districts to consider.

 

Putting Michigan in the Driver's Seat for the Race to the Top

December 2010

NCTQ's advice to states on what they can do to improve their shot at getting a portion of the $4.35 billion in Race to the Top funds.

 

Analysis of Seattle's New Teacher Contract

January 2010

The Seattle-based Alliance for Education recently asked the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) to review the newly negotiated collective bargaining agreement for teachers in Seattle. This analysis comes one year after NCTQ released a study looking at the human capital policies in the city's schools, focusing largely on ways to improve teacher work rules.

 

The Final Stretch: An Analysis of the Race to the Top Round 2 Finalists

August 2010

Before the 10 winners of the Round 2 Race to the Top funds were announced, NCTQ assesed the "Great Teachers and Leaders" sections of the 19 finalists' proposals and recommended which states should have been given green, yellow, and red lights.

 

Teacher-Quality Checklist for School Districts

August 2010

Many districts struggle with multiple and often incompatible data systems for tracking payroll, collecting teacher evaluations, recruiting and hiring. Aligning these systems and annually assessing where your district stands is the first step towards developing a smart human capital strategy. The following checklist outlines the goals, data and questions a district should have in mind while assessing progress.

 

IMPACT: The District of Columbia Public Schools Effectiveness Assessment System for School-Based Personnel 2010-2011

January 2010

Recognizing the importance of ensuring that talented and committed individuals are serving all of our students, DCPS developed IMPACT, our system for assessing the performance of teachers and other school-based staff. To revise IMPACT for the 2012-2013 school year, we collected input from hundreds of teachers, school leaders, staff members, and other stakeholders during feedback sessions across the city. Through IMPACT, DCPS seeks to create a culture in which all school-based personnel have a clear...

 

Analysis of Seattle Contract Proposals

August 2010

The proposal by the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) for its new teachers' contract is an excellent first step in improving the quality of teachers in the school district. In this paper we comment on the policy proposals put forward both by SPS and the SEA, also offering our assessment of each proposal's importance for this contract round.

 

Building Teacher Quality in Baltimore City Public Schools

June 2010

A report on Baltimore City Public Schools policies that praises the district for hiring new teachers with strong academic backgrounds, but criticizes it for not doing all it can to hold onto them.

 

Navigating the Race to the Top Traffic Jam

March 2010

NCTQ has reviewed the "Great Teachers and Leaders" section of the 16 finalists' Race to the Top proposals. See our take on which applications are a "go," in which instances the U.S. Department of Education should proceed with caution, and in which cases the Department ought to put on the brakes.

 

Ed School Essentials: Evaluating the Fundamentals of Teacher Training Programs in Texas

March 2010

Traditional education schools are under fire for failing to prepare new teachers for the challenges of today's classrooms. With that in mind, NCTQ releases its largest ed school study to date, measuring 67 undergraduate programs in Texas against 25 standards focused on design. Most programs failed to meet every NCTQ standard, while some rated highly, others miserably, useful information for ed school "consumers," both aspiring teachers and school districts looking to hire.

 

Teacher Layoffs: Rethinking "Last-Hired, First-Fired" Policies

February 2010

In this paper, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) taps into its TR3 (Teacher Rules, Roles and Rights; www.nctq.org/tr3) database to examine district policies, some mandated by state law, for making layoff decisions. TR3 posts data from 100 school districts across all 50 states, including the 75 largest districts in the nation as well as the 25 largest districts in the states that would not be otherwise represented. These 100 districts represent 20 percent...

 

Human Capital in Boston Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop and Retain Effective Teachers

February 2010

A report on Boston Public School policies that have an impact on teacher quality, concluding that while the district has many smart, strategic policies already in place, improving teacher rules could help the district do a better job attracting and retaining effective teachers.

 

2009 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: National Summary

January 2010

The State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides detailed analysis of any and every state policy that impacts the teaching profession. The Yearbook is a 52-volume encyclopedia (51 state reports including the District of Columbia plus a national summary) produced every other year, measuring states' policies against a realistic blueprint for reform.

 

A Race to the Top Scorecard

January 2009

States may no longer be working on their Race to the Top applications, but NCTQ's scorecard is a great way to assess states' human capital policies. Covering areas like pathways into teaching and measuring teacher effectiveness, the scorecard can help states prioritize their reform efforts.

 

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers: Are Colorado's education school graduates ready to teach reading and mathematics in elementary classrooms?

December 2009

As a follow up to NCTQ's national studies of how well elementary teachers are prepared to teach reading and mathematics, NCTQ looks at preparation in both subjects in all undergraduate teacher preparation programs in Colorado (December 2009)

 

Human Capital in Seattle Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop and Retain Effective Teachers

December 2009

Staffing each classroom with an effective teacher is the most important function of a school district. Doing so requires strategic personnel policies and smart practices. This analysis reviews the Seattle Public Schools' teacher policies linked most directly to teacher effectiveness. We put forward ten policy goals that frame our analysis. Each of these goals is supported by a strong rationale that is grounded by research and practitioner insight.

 

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers: Are New Mexico's education school graduates ready to teach reading and mathematics in elementary classrooms?

September 2009

As a follow up to NCTQ's national studies of how well elementary teachers are prepared to teach reading and mathematics, NCTQ looks at preparation in both subjects in all undergraduate teacher preparation programs in New Mexico (September 2009).

 

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers: Are Utah's education school graduates ready to teach reading and mathematics in elementary classrooms?

September 2009

As a follow up to NCTQ's national studies of how well elementary teachers are prepared to teach reading and mathematics, NCTQ looks at preparation in both subjects in all undergraduate teacher preparation programs in Utah.

 

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers: Are Wyoming's education school graduates ready to teach reading and mathematics in elementary classrooms?

September 2009

As a follow up to NCTQ's national studies of how well elementary teachers are prepared to teach reading and mathematics, NCTQ looks at preparation in both subjects in all undergraduate teacher preparation programs in Wyoming.

 

Tackling the STEM crisis: Five steps your state can take to improve the quality and quantity of its K-12 math and science teachers

June 2009

State laws and regulations can either help or hinder the ability of school districts to hire effective teachers for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. State officials wanting to tackle this critical problem need to begin with a thorough review of relevant policies, asking themselves two questions: "Are we part of the problem?" "How do we become part of the solution?"

 

Human Capital in Hartford Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop, and Retain Effective Teachers

May 2009

This report, which examines the alignment of Hartford's teacher policies with its goals for improving teacher quality, represents the first in a number of similar analyses which NCTQ is undertaking of urban school districts across the country. We were happy to choose Hartford for our inaugural report because this community is working hard to confront one of the largest achievement gaps in the country.

 

What Indiana's Education Schools Aren't Teaching About Reading

March 2009

NCTQ Releases Study of Reading Preparation in Indiana Education Schools: As a follow up to NCTQ's national study on how well elementary teachers are prepared to teach reading, NCTQ looks at reading preparation in Indiana.

 

2008 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: What States Can Do To Retain Effective New Teachers - National Summary

January 2009

The 2008 edition of the State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides an in-depth analysis of a critical piece of the teacher quality puzzle: the retention of effective new teachers.

 

Invisible Ink in Collective Bargaining: Why Key Issues Are Not Addressed

July 2008

In this report, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) takes a close look at the governance of the teaching profession and finds that state legislators and other state-level policymakers crafting state laws and regulation, not those bargaining at the local level, decide some of the most important rules governing the teaching profession.

 

No Common Denominator: The Preparation of Elementary Teachers in Mathematics by America's Education Schools

June 2008

American students' chronically poor performance in mathematics on international tests may begin in the earliest grades, handicapped by the weak knowledge of mathematics of their own elementary teachers. NCTQ looks at the quality of preparation provided by a representative sampling of institutions in nearly every state. We also provide a test developed by leading mathematicians which assesses for the knowledge that elementary teachers should acquire during their preparation. Imagine the implications of an elementary teaching...

 

2007 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: Progress on Teacher Quality

January 2008

The State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides detailed analysis of any and every state policy that impacts the teaching profession. The Yearbook is a 52-volume encyclopedia (51 state reports including the District of Columbia plus a national summary) produced every other year, measuring states' policies against a realistic blueprint for reform.

 

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: The case against "comparability"

September 2007

Two proposals in the bill currently circulating to reauthorize No Child Left Behind seem to be shoe-ins for making their way into federal law. The impetus behind both proposals is to help poor kids by making sure that districts spend as much money on them as gets spent on rich kids.

 

If Wishes Were Horses: The Reality behind Teacher Quality Findings

September 2007

An exciting proposition is making the rounds of the education policy circuit. Generated by recent findings on the importance of teacher quality, it suggests assigning great teachers five years in a row to a class of disadvantaged children could overcome the learning deficits of children who start out and then fall further behind in school over successive years.

 

Alternative Certification Isn't Alternative

September 2007

As this study shows, most alternate route teachers have had to jump through many of the same hoops, meeting the same "traditional" academic requirements and undergoing much the same training as typical education school graduates.

 

Steps that Congress can take to improve teacher quality without overstepping its bounds

April 2007

Steps that Congress can take to improve teacher quality

 

What Education Schools Aren't Teaching About Reading--and What Elementary Teachers Aren't Learning

May 2006

In this groundbreaking report, NCTQ studied a large representative sampling of ed schools to find out what future elementary teachers are and are not learning about reading instruction. The report, the most comprehensive of its kind, determined that education schools are ignoring the principles of good reading instruction that would prepare prospective teachers how to better teach reading.

 

NCTQ Square-Off: Are Teachers Underpaid? Two economists tackle an intractable controversy

July 2005

NCTQ Square-Off: Are Teachers Underpaid? Two economists tackle an intractable controversy Two economists -- Michael Podgursky, currently Middlebush Professor and Chairman in the Department of Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Lawrence Mishel, President of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. -- have been debating whether or not teachers are adequately paid, at least compared to other professionals with comparable training.

 

Increasing the Odds: How Good Policies Can Yield Better Teachers

December 2004

This booklet from the National Council on Teacher Quality summarizes briefly what the research says about the attributes of an effective teacher. NCTQ has combed through the research, good and bad, to present in plain English, shorn of all statistical jargon, findings that have resulted from well-designed and well executed studies.

 

Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers: Background report for the United States

December 2004

The focus of the country background reports is on the aspects of teacher policy that deal with how to attract, recruit, develop, and retain effective teachers. The report has the following four objectives: to synthesize relevant research, to identify innovative and successful policy practices, to facilitate exchanges of lessons among countries, and to identify policy options. The U.S. background report is organized into six chapters, corresponding to the common framework set by the OECD Directorate...

 

Necessary and Insufficient: Resisting a Full Measure of Teacher Quality

January 2004

For all the conflict generated by various K-12 education reform efforts, there is one principle everyone agrees on: teachers need to know the subject matter they teach. This principle makes sense to parents, educators, and policy makers alike. On the importance of a teacher's knowledge, the views range from those who believe subject knowledge to be of paramount importance to those who believe it to be a "necessary but not sufficient" condition for effective teaching.

 

Teacher Certification Reconsidered: Stumbling for Quality

January 2001

The importance of good teaching to the academic success of students is intuitively obvious to any parent and is well substantiated by a body of sound research. Correspondingly, ensuring that good teachers staff public schools is a critical policy objective in Maryland and across the nation. All states, including Maryland, have developed regulatory policies under the seemingly logical theory that requiring credentials of teachers is simply good government in action.

 

Race to the Top: Colorado may be used to high altitudes, but can it compete in Race to the Top?

August 2009

NCTQ's advice to states on what they can do to improve their shot at getting a portion of the $4.35 billion in Race to the Top funds.

 

2007 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: National Summary

January 2008

The State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides detailed analysis of any and every state policy that impacts the teaching profession. The Yearbook is a 52-volume encyclopedia (51 state reports including the District of Columbia plus a national summary) produced every other year, measuring states' policies against a realistic blueprint for reform.