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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.

The State Teacher Policy Yearbook

summarizes how the states are doing in developing policies that improve the teaching profession.
The 2015 State Teacher Policy 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.

Use the National Findings and State Findings tabs below to view national trends and in-depth state analyses by policy area, respectively.

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

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 for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Pensions remain a vexing public policy issue with direct implications for attracting and retaining a high-quality teacher workforce. This report, by NCTQ and EducationCounsel, examines the sustainability, flexibility, and fairness of each state's current teacher pension policies, while also examining pension policy transparency.

See here for the report's Executive Summary.

See below for state-by-state findings:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana 
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan 
Minnesota 
Mississippi 
Missouri 
Montana 
Nebraska 
Nevada
New Hampshire 
New Jersey
New Mexico 
New York 
North Carolina 
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma 
Oregon 
Pennsylvania 
Rhode Island 
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas 
Utah 
Vermont
Virginia 
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
 

State-by-State Summary

In December 2015, NCTQ released 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.