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NCTQ developed its expertise in policies and practices that will raise the level of training of the nation's teacher workforce, particularly with the advent of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), through a number of different sources.

Our standards for the first edition of the Teacher Prep Review are based on research; internal and external expert panels; the best practices of other nations and the states with the highest performing students; and, most importantly, what superintendents and principals around the country tell us they look for in the new teachers they hire. The standards have been refined by 10 national and state studies and by consultation with experts on NCTQ's Technical Panel. As many were developed before the CCSS, they have also been honed to ensure alignment with those standards.