COVID-19: Teacher policy resources

This is a grave time. As we try our best to weather this storm, we find ourselves asking a lot of questions that produce answers no more reliable than what we might expect from a Ouija board. But if there is a silver lining to be had here—and we actually think there will ultimately be quite a few—Americans may gain a deeper appreciation for the critical function of government and, with it, an appreciation for our nation's schools...and teachers.

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Highlights of our work

Training + Recruitment

2020 Teacher Prep Review: Program Performance in Early Reading Instruction

2020 Teacher Prep Review: Program Performance in Early Reading Instruction

January 2020

New data and analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality finds significant progress on the science of reading instruction...

NCTQ Databurst: Licensure Requirements for Out-of-State Teachers

NCTQ Databurst: Licensure Requirements for Out-of-State Teachers

December 2019

New data from the National Council on Teacher Quality reveal that the majority of states do not ask for evidence...

A Fair Chance

A Fair Chance

February 2019

In A Fair Chance: Simple steps to strengthen and diversify the teacher workforce, NCTQ analysis reveals both astonishingly high numbers...

Staffing

Teacher Shortages and Surpluses Databurst

Teacher Shortages and Surpluses Databurst

February 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

August 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

June 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

State of the States 2019: Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy

State of the States 2019: Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy

October 2019

Since the 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a large number of states have backed away from...

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

October 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

November 2017

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

Compensation

Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst

Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst

May 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 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?

October 2017

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