It’s taking a really long time to get state longitudinal data systems right

While most states have made progress in building out their data systems, key data connections are missing.


What it takes for research to grab the attention of policymakers

A new study explores how education policymakers in the U.S. use research evidence to inform their decisions.


The rise and fall of better teacher evaluation: Who gets the blame?

Even reasonably sensible ideas that are grounded in strong research still have difficulty overcoming what invariably gets thrown at them.


Pay increases and other non-obscure strategies to address the substitute teacher shortage

How several large school districts are revisiting policies surrounding pay and health benefits to attract prospective substitute teachers.


Teacher quality in 2021: A story of resilience

Our nation's educators and students are exhausted and embattled, but not beaten.


COVID-related incentives for teachers during the 2021-22 school year

Teachers faced many difficulties last year due to the pandemic. Concerns about teachers not returning for the 2021-22 school year...


2021 in Review: School district policy priorities in a truly challenging year

A round-up of NCTQ's most-read District Trendline blog posts from 2021.


When school breaks no longer spark joy

Why should anyone care that schools take a little break, especially given all that teachers have been through over the...


Student body demographics could influence teacher hiring decisions - but we need more data

A new working paper adds additional insight into the important question of how race impacts teacher hiring decisions.


Do state collective bargaining rules influence district teacher policies?

An analysis of state rules on collective bargaining for teachers and the content of school districts' policies across 148 districts...


Messaging from reading advocates comes off as lopsided. The science isn't

It is clear that neither word recognition nor comprehension at the expense of each other produces successful readers.


What do teachers think of their evaluation feedback?

A recent paper puts the spotlight back on the quality of feedback teachers receive in their evaluations.


What we know (and don’t know) about pandemic-era teacher shortages

National jobs data suggests the wave of predicted teacher resignations has not come to pass.


Comparing school districts on class size policies

Working conditions play a crucial role in teachers' wellbeing, especially after 18 taxing months of reinventing education due to the...


Lamenting the poor lot of student teaching

When we sow benign neglect, it's no wonder we reap mediocrity.