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The National Council on Teacher Quality has long argued that no educational improvement strategies states take on are likely to have a greater impact than policies that seek to maximize teacher effectiveness. In the comprehensive State Teacher Policy Yearbook, last published for 2015 and published every other year, NCTQ provides a detailed examination of state laws, rules and regulations that govern the teaching profession, covering the full breadth of policies including teacher preparation, licensure, evaluation, career advancement, tenure, compensation, pensions and dismissal.

The comprehensive Yearbook is a 52-volume compendium of customized state reports for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a national summary overview, measuring state progress against a set of 30-some specific policy goals.

The Yearbook goals are focused on helping states put in place a comprehensive policy framework in support of preparing, retaining and rewarding effective teachers. The goals were developed based on input and ongoing feedback from state officials, practitioners, policy groups and other education organizations, as well as from NCTQ's own nationally respected advisory board. These goals meet five criteria for an effective reform framework:
  1. They are supported by a strong rationale, grounded in the best research available.
  2. They offer practical rather than pie-in-the-sky solutions for improving teacher quality.
  3. They take on the teaching profession's most pressing needs, including making the profession more responsive to the current labor market.
  4. They are, for the most part, relatively cost neutral.
  5. They respect the legitimate constraints that some states face so that the goals can work in all 50 states.
The need to ensure that all children have effective teachers has captured the attention of the public and policymakers across the country like never before. The Yearbook offers state school chiefs, school boards, legislatures and the many advocates who press hard for reform a concrete set of recommendations as they work to maximize teacher quality for their students.