State governments reign over the teaching profession
State governments are arguably the most powerful authority over the teaching profession. Since 2007, NCTQ has tracked and analyzed teacher policies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia in our State Teacher Policy Yearbook. The 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.
In January 2014 we issued a new comprehensive edition of the Yearbook
including all aspects of state teacher policy. Get info across all 50
states and DC on what states are doing to support effective teaching.
Understand the Policy Issues and the current state of the country in these areas. This is the basis for the annual State Teacher Policy Yearbook
. NCTQ tracks and analyzes regulations and legislation that shape the teaching profession in all 50 states and the District of Columbia across six policy areas: teacher preparation, evaluation, tenure, dismissal and LIFO, compensation and pensions.
In 2014 teacher pension systems had a total of a half trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities — a debt load that climbed more than $100 billion in just the last two years. Across the states, an average of 70 cents of every dollar contributed to state teacher pension systems goes toward paying off the ever-increasing pension debt, not to future teacher benefits. How is your state doing?