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Statement on the Fight Against Systemic Racism and Racial Violence in the United States

Washington, D.C. -- Our nation is reeling from the murder of George Floyd, yet another gut-wrenching tragedy in the overt and uninterrupted sanctioning of racism in the United States. For too long, this country...

Statement from NCTQ President Kate Walsh on Students’ Constitutional Right to Literacy

Washington, D.C. -- A landmark U.S. Court of Appeals decision earlier this week affirmed what so many of us already believed. Not only does every child deserve the opportunity to learn how to read, but...

Reading Science in Teacher Preparation Gains Ground; More Aspiring Teachers Are Being Prepared to Teach All Children to Read

Click to see a state-specific press release. Washington, D.C. -- New data and analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) finds significant progress on the science of reading instruction in teacher preparation....

Statement from NCTQ President Kate Walsh on Proposed Indiana HB 1002

Washington, D.C. -- Indiana's proposed House Bill 1002 walks away from nearly a decade of progress that the state's schools and districts have made to improve teacher quality. Indiana's current teacher evaluation system, which HB...

Few States Consider Prior Job Performance When Licensing Out-Of-State Teachers

Washington, D.C. – New data from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) reveal that the majority of states (35) do not ask for evidence of prior successful teaching for those teachers coming from out...

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...