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Backing the Wrong Horse: The Story of One State's Ambitious But Disheartening Foray Into Performance Pay

August 2017

Backing the Wrong Horse: The Story of One State's Ambitious But Disheartening Foray Into Performance Pay is part of the tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook report...

 

ESSA Educator Equity Analyses

June 2017

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)'s analyses of states' plans for ensuring that low-income and minority students are not disproportionately taught by ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers under the...

 

Lifting the Pension Fog: What teachers and taxpayers need to know about the teacher pension crisis

February 2017

This report, Lifting the Pension Fog: What teachers and taxpayers need to know about the teacher pension crisis, evaluates state teacher pension policies, and includes policy profiles and tailored recommendations...

 

Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises

January 2017

Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises is part of the tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook report series. This report...

 

Within Our Grasp: Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Prep

November 2016

Within Our Grasp: Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Prep is the tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook report series. This report focuses on teacher preparation program...

 

State-by-State Evaluation Timeline Briefs

April 2016

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...

 

2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

December 2015

The 2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook is our ninth annual Yearbook report. Comprised of a National Summary and State-specific reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this...

 

State of the States 2015: Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning

November 2015

This report presents the most comprehensive and up-to-date policy trends on how states are evaluating teachers. It also breaks new ground by providing a look at the policy landscape on...

 

Teacher Pensions Mythbusters

June 2015

Some of the most common myths around teacher pensions are dispelled in this handy "Mythbusters" document.

 

Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions: How to Protect Teachers and Taxpayers

January 2015

Challenging the claims ofpension boards and other groups about the cost-effectiveness, fairness and flexibility of the traditional defined benefit pension plans still in place in 38 states, this report includes...

 

2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

December 2014

The 2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook keeps the spotlight on the critical issue of teacher preparation. In addition to updating the full set of teacher preparation policies reviewed in last...

 

2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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.

 

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.

 

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...

 

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.

 

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...

 

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...

 

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.

 

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...

 

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.

 

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...

 

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...

 

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.

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...