Our Work in Your State
Publications, TQ news and 2014 teacher prep program rankings
See how the states are shaping up on the policies that affect teachers
December/2015The 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 52 volume Yearbook provides a 360-degree analysis of every state law, rule and regulation that shapes the teaching profession—from teacher preparation, licensing and evaluation to compensation, professional development and dismissal policy.
Download the full National Summary here. To read the Press Release for the National Summary or for a specific state, please visit our newsroom here.
November/2015This 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 principal effectiveness. Finally, this report examines state efforts to connect the dots – that is, use the results of evaluations to better inform practice and make decisions of consequence for teachers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
See below for state summaries and recommendations.
Get the inside scoop on district contracts and policies across the country
Check out our most recent research projects at school districts around the country, including Dayton, Philadelphia and Oakland.
2014 Program Rankings
We are very grateful to be able to post as resources exemplar materials from teacher preparation programs across the country.
There's widespread public interest in strengthening teacher preparation — but there's a significant data gap on what's working. We aim to fill this gap.
January/2016To write this report, we combed through thousands of pages of teacher education textbooks for discussion of research-based strategies that every teacher candidate should learn in order to promote student learning and retention. What few references we found were buried among pages discussing teaching strategies with much less -- often no -- scientific merit. This report asserts that textbook publishers and authors are failing the teaching profession, students and the public by neglecting to provide our next generation of teachers with the fundamental knowledge they need to make learning “stick.”
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LAST UPDATED: 08/25/2016
This month, we analyze school calendars for the 2016-2017 school year to answer some key questions. Is school really starting earlier? How long is the school year for students and teachers?
LAST UPDATED: 07/21/2015
The latest contract and policy changes from the districts in our Teacher Contract Database. In this edition, we travel to Southern California and look at contract changes in Los Angeles and San Diego.
LAST UPDATED: 07/28/2016
Get even more NCTQ commentary and education research summaries! Check out the previous edition of the Teacher Quality Bulletin.