Shocker! New evidence that teachers are more effective when they know their subject

Shocker! New evidence that teachers are more effective when they know their subject

Perhaps this headline seems self-evident, but the backlash against licensure tests suggests otherwise.

Getting students to the room where it happens

Getting students to the room where it happens

If this measure can help identify and reward those teachers who are effectively encouraging kids to show up to class...

Three steps for creating and retaining a strong STEM teaching corps

Three steps for creating and retaining a strong STEM teaching corps

Districts report the most difficulty not only filling STEM and special ed vacancies but keeping them filled with strong, effective...

The best-laid plans oft go awry

The best-laid plans oft go awry

"This should work!" Reading between the lines of a new study looking at how to make the most of effective...

Drinking deep of the data in Tennessee

Drinking deep of the data in Tennessee

Tennessee is at it again! The Volunteer State, known for its strong policies around teacher prep and teacher evaluation, is...

Steps to help create a stronger, more diverse elementary teacher workforce

Steps to help create a stronger, more diverse elementary teacher workforce

School districts currently hire about 70,000 new elementary teachers each year, with the expectation that these teachers are ready to...

Who are today’s teachers?

Who are today’s teachers?

Some noteworthy findings from Richard Ingersoll and his colleagues in the recent examination of how the teaching workforce has changed...

Setting the record straight

Setting the record straight

The newest scare about teacher shortages focuses on the question of teacher retention...

Measuring up: New study identifies districts and states that are seeing results with teacher evaluation systems

Measuring up: New study identifies districts and states that are seeing results with teacher evaluation systems

Teacher evaluation systems, when implemented well, are coinciding with real and measurable benefits for students and teachers alike.

What school districts can do to tackle teacher shortages

What school districts can do to tackle teacher shortages

Coverage of teacher shortages tells of real struggles faced by districts, but it only tells part of the story.

Ripple effects: effective teaching echoes for years

Ripple effects: effective teaching echoes for years

The nation has taken steps toward giving all students, regardless of their background, equal access to great teachers. By more...

Want teachers who are ready on day one? Here's where to look!

Want teachers who are ready on day one? Here's where to look!

As school districts plan for the coming school year, many are already considering where to recruit a fresh crop of...

The best laid plans...

The best laid plans...

There is a cautionary lesson from a new working paper examining Houston's bold talent initiative. In many ways, it yielded...

Disproving the prophets of teacher shortages

Disproving the prophets of teacher shortages

Too often in education, education groups' pursuit of validation for their policy priorities and the media's desire for a strong...

If knowing is half the battle, Tennessee is winning this engagement

We've long been excited about the wealth of information – and its potential uses – coming from Tennessee's teacher prep...

Because every day in the classroom counts

Because every day in the classroom counts

While I have many memories from my first year of teaching, one of the most visceral comes from my early...

Teacher diversity: Grounding our goals in reality

Teacher diversity: Grounding our goals in reality

One feature of an ideal school environment, we believe, is that both students and their teachers reflect America in all of...

Preschool teacher prep: illusions of quality

30 million words. It's a staggering number representing the tremendous gap in the number of utterances (not distinct words) a child hears...

A fault in our measures? Evidence of bias in classroom observations may raise some familiar concerns

A lot of us can rattle off the possible shortcomings of using value-added test scores to evaluate teachers: The...

A bleak look at teacher prep in Tennessee

New data shines a spotlight on what's happening in the black box of teacher prep – but what it reveals...

TeachLivE offers a new twist on practice teaching

TeachLivE offers a new twist on practice teaching

A new technology allows teacher candidates to (virtually) step in front of the classroom early on in their teacher training....

Stopping lemmings with a single click

Stopping lemmings with a single click

We've all been there. A teacher asks a class to answer a simple question with a show of hands. You're not...

Early childhood interventions—a slow fade and a strong comeback?

Early childhood interventions—a slow fade and a strong comeback?

When trying to improve educational outcomes, it is hard not to feel the need for urgency. We want to figure...

TeachLivE offers a new twist on practice teaching

Imagine that you're trying to teach a lesson on cell division, and one student will not pay attention. Even worse, she keeps...

Goldilocks and the econometric models

Goldilocks and the econometric models

Things that get better with time: fine wines, first edition books and even teachers in spite of prevailing wisdom. That's...

Harder work, higher earnings?

Harder work, higher earnings?

An NCTQ follower on Twitter, @mescamilla1980, recently challenged our take on what's behind the disproportionately high grades earned by teacher candidates, suggesting...

Why and how we looked behind the Easy A's

For nearly a decade, NCTQ has been trying to figure out how to evaluate teacher prep coursework for its rigor. It's...

Sensible, technical advice for school districts on incorporating student learning into teacher evals

Sensible, technical advice for school districts on incorporating student learning into teacher evals

School leaders seeking to revamp their teacher evaluation systems are biting into a meaty subject. Behind the very public questions of...

Worth their weight in gold

Worth their weight in gold

We love this study for what it says about great teachers. People generally agree that an effective English teacher may not...

Which teachers stick around?

Which teachers stick around?

While the recent landmark Vergara v. California court case focused on teachers who are or should be dismissed, the greatest...

What you didn’t learn in Kindergarten:

Prep programs don’t prepare teachers for the challenges of teaching elementary math.

She’s really nice, but….

A new report sheds light on millennials’ dwindling esteem for the teaching profession

Classroom Management at the push of a button

New apps help teachers and kids follow the rules

When walkthroughs fail: New research on principals' instructional leadership

A new study examines whether the impromptu classroom walkthrough really works

What do new teachers learn about classroom management? Not nearly enough

Teacher prep programs do too little to prepare teachers for their greatest challenge...

Unequal class sizes for all?

Why giving Mrs. Jones more students than Mr. Smith may make everyone better off.

No man should stand alone

A key factor in keeping black men in the teaching profession: Other black male teachers

The Pen is Mightier than the Censor

Take a moment this Banned Books Week to remember a book that changed your life.

Overmining the NAEP data

Blog warns analysts: Don't let good data collapse under faulty analysis

Should they stay or should they go: Teachers in turnaround schools

A new paper explores whether low-performing schools' improvement is due to the teachers who leave or the teachers who stay.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, can one VAM score tell us all?

Is an elementary teacher who teaches math effectively also an effective reading teacher, and vice versa?

Data vacuum: State intel on principals a black hole

A new report finds that many states lack even the most basic data on principals