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 2013 we issued an interim edition of the Yearbook, focusing on teacher preparation policies. Get info across all 50 states and DC on what states are doing to ensure that new teachers are well prepared.
Delivering well prepared teachers, expanding the pool of teachers, identifying effective teachers, retaining effective teachers and exiting ineffective teachers--see how your state is doing across these five policy areas.
There are 41 states where teacher pensions are currently insufficiently funded. Funding shortfalls grew in all but 7 states between 2009 and 2012. How's your state doing?