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Strong Teacher Evaluation Systems Go Hand-in-Hand with Improved Teacher Quality

Analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality finds tangible evidence that teacher evaluation systems, when implemented well, are coinciding with real and measurable benefits for students and teachers alike.

Education Advocacy Groups Urge New Jersey Supreme Court to Uphold Students’ Constitutional Rights

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and TNTP submitted an amicus brief today in support of New Jersey students challenging the state's last-in-first-out (LIFO) laws. In the case, HG v. Harrington, the students argue...

Majority of States’ Efforts to Bolster New Teachers’ Preparation to Teach Reading are Vastly Insufficient

In an NCTQ databurst: Strengthening Reading Instruction through Better Preparation of Elementary and Special Education Teachers that reviews the current status of states' requirements governing teachers' reading knowledge, 40 states still either do not have...

Statement from Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality, on the decision in Janus vs. AFSCME

Today's decision to end unions' ability to collect "agency fees" from nonconsenting employees puts the onus squarely on teachers union leaders to demonstrate relevance and value to today's teachers.

Statement from Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality, on the PROSPER Act

In eliminating Title II, the PROSPER Act applies a sledgehammer to a situation that more appropriately calls for a scalpel.

Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst Press Release

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst, a study of states' strategic teacher compensation policies. This resource includes a snapshot of all 50 states' and the District of Columbia's...

NCTQ Releases 2018 Teacher Prep Review

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) releases the 2018 Teacher Prep Review rating 567 traditional graduate programs, 129 alternative route programs, and 18 residencies preparing both elementary and secondary teachers. The review includes recommendations...

NCTQ RELEASES ANALYSIS OF STATES’ EFFORTS TO ADDRESS TEACHER SHORTAGES AND SURPLUSES

The Teacher Shortages and Surpluses Databurst is an analysis of states' work to track teacher shortages and surpluses, and to implement the policy solutions to address these challenges. This resource includes an overview of promising...

New National Report: States' Sense of Urgency to Improve Outdated Teacher Policies Grinds to a Halt

Today, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its biannual 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Yearbook), which finds that the rapid progress made by states over the last decade to modernize their teacher policies has largely...

States Fall Short in Plans to Address Major Inequalities for Vulnerable Students

Today, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) completed its analyses of what all 50 states intend to do to provide a more equitable education to all students in the state, as they were required...

Low Pay Is Shutting Teachers Out Of Some Housing Markets

In 80 percent of the largest school districts, a teacher with an MA and five years' experience cannot comfortably afford housing payments.

NCTQ Clears Up Latest "Crisis" in Teaching: An Accurate Look at Teacher Turnover Data

The buzz around a "national" teacher shortage has gained a lot of steam, despite some pretty compelling national data suggesting otherwise. Here NCTQ provides some information pertaining to teacher hiring and retention that may prove...

NCTQ Endorses New Report from Center for American Progress: Findings Show Teacher Prep Programs Can Be Both More Selective and More Diverse

While building both a diverse and selective teacher workforce has been a priority for our education system for many years, educators have often looked at diversity and selectivity as competing priorities. In our review of...

New NCTQ Analysis of Landmark Performance Pay Law Finds Almost No Buy-In from School Districts

As a growing number of states across the nation look for ways to recognize and reward excellent teachers, a new study from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) reveals at least one large pocket...

NCTQ Questions "National Teacher Shortage" Narrative, Releases Facts to Set the Record Straight

There has been lots of discussion recently about a new national teacher shortage, much of it driven by local media coverage reporting on the challenges faced by some school districts. These local stories not only...