Walking the Tightrope:
Teacher Effectiveness and Personnel Policies

Deciding under what circumstances teachers are laid off during a reduction in force or dismissed will always be a tightrope. Teachers deserve a fair process and one that respects their contributions to a school district, just as every student deserves competent teachers. This NCTQ Databurst looks at how states approach these two tough issues, examining if states are achieving an appropriate balance of interests between teachers and students.

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Training + Recruitment

Strengthening Reading Instruction Databurst

Strengthening Reading Instruction Databurst

Aug 1 2018

This study examines all 50 states' and the District of Columbia's requirements regarding the science of reading for elementary and...

2018 Teacher Prep Review

2018 Teacher Prep Review

Apr 1 2018

The 2018 Teacher Prep Review examines the results of rating 567 traditional graduate programs, 129 alternative route programs, and 18...

Teacher Prep Review: Undergraduate Secondary Education

Teacher Prep Review: Undergraduate Secondary Education

May 1 2017

High school represents an amazing opportunity for students and their teachers. For most Americans, the high school years played a...

Staffing

Teacher Shortages and Surpluses Databurst

Teacher Shortages and Surpluses Databurst

Feb 1 2018

The Teacher Shortages and Surpluses Databurst is an analysis of states' work to track teacher shortages and surpluses, and to...

High Hopes and Harsh Realities: The real challenges to building a diverse workforce

High Hopes and Harsh Realities: The real challenges to building a diverse workforce

Aug 1 2016

Public schools are suffering from a well-publicized diversity problem. Students of color make up nearly half of all public school...

Roll Call: The importance of teacher attendance

Roll Call: The importance of teacher attendance

Jun 1 2014

This report breaks down teacher attendance for 40 districts in the nation's largest cities in the 2012-2013 school year. We...

Evaluation + Support

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Oct 1 2018

The past decade has been marked by rapid changes in teacher evaluations. While many districts and states announced their intention...

Fall 2017 ESSA Educator Equity Best Practices Guide

Fall 2017 ESSA Educator Equity Best Practices Guide

Nov 1 2017

The Best Practice Guide highlights exemplary work to meet the ESSA's educator equity requirements among the 34 state plans analyzed...

How principals can change the culture around teacher evaluations

How principals can change the culture around teacher evaluations

Oct 19 2017

Imagine a test where the only grades a student could earn were A or A-. Envision an update to Yelp...

Compensation

Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst

Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst

May 1 2018

NCTQ's Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst is a study of states' strategic teacher compensation policies which includes a snapshot of all...

States, Strikes, and Teacher Salaries

States, Strikes, and Teacher Salaries

May 1 2018

Teachers' demands in strikes across the country have varied, but there's no question that low salaries are one of the...

October 2017: Does low pay shut teachers out of the housing market?

October 2017: Does low pay shut teachers out of the housing market?

Oct 17 2017

Teacher salaries are always in the news, but in the last few months we've noticed that housing affordability for teachers...