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As Student Test Scores Show Steep Declines and Widening Opportunity Gaps, States Continue to Back Away from Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policies That Can Help Accelerate Learning

Washington, D.C. - New data and analysis released by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) finds ample opportunities for improvement in states' teacher and principal evaluation policies. With educator quality as the most powerful...

Steep National Declines and Widening Gaps in Student Math and Reading Performance Reinforces Urgent Need for Supporting a High-Quality, Diverse Teacher Workforce

Washington, D.C. - The education community has anxiously awaited the release today of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores—also known as the Nation's Report Card. The 2022 scores for fourth and eighth grade...

Teacher Preparation Programs Across the Nation Now Dedicate Significantly More Time to Elementary Mathematics

Washington, D.C. – Over the last eight years, the nation's undergraduate teacher preparation programs have taken substantial action to increase the amount of math coursework required of future elementary teachers in an effort to prepare...

National Council on Teacher Quality Announces Heather Peske as Next President

Washington, D.C. - The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan nonprofit research and policy organization dedicated to ensuring every child has access to effective teachers, today announced that it has named Dr. Heather...

National Council on Teacher Quality Announces Executive Search Plans as it Enters Next Phase of Innovation and Growth

Washington, D.C.--The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) today announced that the nonprofit organization's long-time president, Kate Walsh, is retiring in 2022, starting a leadership transition process over the next year. Walsh's decision to step...

NCTQ Invites Feedback on Draft Revisions to Elementary Math and Reading Standards Used to Evaluate Teacher Preparation Programs, Now Through October 15, 2021

Washington, D.C. -- The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan research and policy group, is seeking feedback on proposed revisions to two of its standards used to evaluate teacher preparation programs, Elementary Mathematics...

National Council on Teacher Quality Publishes Long-Hidden Data on Teacher Preparation Programs

Washington, D.C. -- The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) succeeded in publishing new data today that the U.S. Congress had also long worked to obtain but with only limited success. The data reveals the...

New Review of What Teachers Earn Reveals Substantial Differences Among School Districts

Washington, D.C. -- A new analysis by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) examines salary data and related compensation materials from 90 large school districts to determine lifetime earnings trajectories for teachers over a...

Few States Verify that Future Teachers Know how to Teach All Children to Read

Washington, D.C. -- The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released new data and analysis today examining recent trends in states' policies governing the preparation and licensure of new public school teachers. Among the top...

New Data Demonstrate that Teacher Preparation Programs Can Be Both Selective and Diverse

Washington, D.C. -- Today the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released new data and analysis examining both the academic admissions requirements and diversity in enrollments in over 1,200 of the nation's elementary teacher preparation...

Big Upsurge in Elementary Teacher Preparation Programs Providing Comprehensive Training in Classroom Management

Washington, D.C. -- The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released new data today looking at the training provided by over 1,000 elementary teacher preparation programs in how to manage a classroom and in program...

National Council on Teacher Quality Announces Inaugural Class of Senior Visiting Fellows

Washington, D.C. -- Today, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) announced the inaugural class of its new Senior Visiting Fellows Program. This select group of accomplished and diverse individuals represents a cross-section of professionals...

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...