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District Policy Reports

Smart money: What teachers make, how long it takes and what it buys them

December 2014

What teachers are paid matters. Many factors play a role in making the decision to become a teacher, but for many people compensation heavily influences the decision not only to...

 

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.

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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.

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...