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First-Ever Guidebook for Aspiring Teachers Now Available, Urging Future Teachers to Take the Driver's Seat on their Own Preparation

On the heels of the National Council on Teacher Quality's groundbreaking report revealing that more than half of elementary teacher candidates are unable to pass licensing exams for lack of appropriate preparation, the education policy...

Elementary Teachers Not Getting the Preparation Needed for Classroom; Extraordinarily High Numbers Fail Professional Licensing Tests

New analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) reveals both astonishingly high numbers of elementary teacher candidates failing their professional licensing tests each year, as well as widespread evidence that teacher preparation programs give scant attention to...

NCTQ Data and Analysis Provides National Context for Key Contract Issues as Teacher Strike Looms in Los Angeles

On January 10th, teachers of the nation's second largest school district will be going on strike for the first time in three decades. Comparative data from the National Council on Teacher Quality provides insight and...

Most State Laws Silent on Dismissing Teachers Who Simply Cannot Teach

New analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) finds that a majority of states fail to specify teacher ineffectiveness as an explicit reason to dismiss a teacher. In Walking the Tightrope: Teacher Effectiveness...

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.