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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Teacher quality in 2021: A story of resilience

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

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Lamenting the poor lot of student teaching

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