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Statement from NCTQ President Kate Walsh on Reading Declines in 2019 Nation’s Report Card Results

Washington, D.C. -- On October 30 the 2019 Nation's Report Card results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) demonstrated stagnation in student academic performance across the country. Further, 17 states showed declines in...

Majority of States Work to Advance Leadership Opportunities for Classroom Teachers

Washington, D.C. -- A new analysis by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) demonstrates that more states are recognizing the importance of leadership roles for teachers, signaling that state policy is reflecting teachers' voices....

States Bid Hasty Retreat from Their Own Attempts to Overhaul Educator Evaluation

Washington, D.C. – Since the 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a large number of states have backed away from recently enacted policies that were designed to breathe new life into moribund...

New Newark Contract is a Step Backwards for Teachers and Students

If this contract is approved, Newark will be walking away from pioneering reforms that fueled the district's landmark progress.

NCTQ Announces Winners of 2019 Great Districts for Great Teachers Initiative in Pennsylvania

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a national leader on teacher issues, has named Council Rock School District a winner in its Great Districts for Great Teachers initiative. Coatesville Area School District and the...

Lack of Public Reporting on Differences in Teacher Preparation Quality Fails to Safeguard Public Interest

A new Databurst from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), Maintaining strong elementary content requirements for prospective teachers, documents the fact that 49 states do not publish the elementary content state licensing test data...

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.