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...

Statement from Kate Walsh, President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, on the Dangers of NYC Education Department’s New Teacher Placement Plan

The New York City Education Department recently announced plans to reduce the pool of paid teachers who do not have a classroom position by now assigning these teachers to vacancies without giving either the teacher...

NCTQ RELEASES ANALYSES OF EDUCATOR EQUITY IN ESSA STATE PLANS & A BEST PRACTICES GUIDE

Today, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its analyses of educator equity in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans of 16 states and the District of Columbia. These analyses highlight the...

NCTQ to Release Reviews of 17 State Plans to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

NCTQ has reviewed all 17 currently released state plans to implement ESSA. On June 8th, NCTQ will release analyses of each state plan's work to meet ESSA's educator equity requirements. NCTQ will also release an ESSA Educator...

NCTQ Releases Newest Teacher Prep Ratings Identifying Top Programs Preparing High School Teachers

These programs make the "Top Tier" because they have solid admission standards, provide sufficient preparation in each candidate's intended subject area, and show them how best to teach that subject. Many also do well in teaching how...

New NCTQ Report Evaluates Undergraduate Programs That Prepare High School Teachers

NCTQ's new rankings of programs preparing high school teachers will follow up its December release of elementary teachers' program rankings. These rankings will reveal the top and bottom teacher training programs in the nation, what makes some programs...

NCTQ and TNTP Call on the Minnesota Court of Appeals to Reverse Lower Court & Allow Trial on Rights of Schoolchildren to Quality Teachers

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and TNTP submitted an amicus brief today in support of four Minnesota parents challenging the state's laws on teacher tenure, dismissal, and layoffs. In the case, Forslund v....

NCTQ Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Special Education

The National Council on Teacher Quality applauds the Supreme Court for its unanimous ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. The ruling states that special education programs must be "appropriately ambitious in light...

Local View

The fact that many of Nebraska's schools lack enough teachers, particularly in fields like science, mathematics, and special education, is likely not news to most. Year after year, nearly all states across the country face...

Statement from Kate Walsh, President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, on Scrapping New York’s Literacy Test for Prospective Teachers

Today, New York's State Board of Regents is considering doing away with a recently adopted licensing test for teacher candidates, amid concerns that the too many black and Latino teacher candidates fail to pass the test.NCTQ President...

Statement from Kate Walsh on Congressional Action on the Federal Teacher Preparation Regulations

The Senate is now considering a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that overturns the teacher preparation regulations finalized by the Department of Education this past October. NCTQ President Kate Walsh released this...

Eight Districts Win First-Ever Great Districts for Great Teachers Initiative; School Districts Proved Greatness Through 18-Month Evaluation

Eight school districts just became the nation's first-ever Great Districts for Great Teachers. This new honor, developed by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), recognizes districts for their exceptional programs and policies on recruiting,...

NCTQ to Announce First-Ever Winners of Great Districts for Great Teachers Initiative

NCTQ will unveil the eight winning Great Districts for Great Teachers out of an original pool of 123 school districts. These districts have proven themselves to be national leaders on teacher issues, triumphing through a rigorous 18-month...

New Study: U.S. Teacher Pension Debt Eclipses a Half Trillion Dollars; States Not Confronting Pension Crisis

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and EducationCounsel today released Lifting the Pension Fog: What teachers and taxpayers need to know about the teacher pension crisis. The report evaluates state teacher pension policies, and includes policy profiles...

NCTQ and EducationCounsel to release new report on the teacher pension debt crisis and what it means for teachers and policymakers

NCTQ and EducationCounsel will release a new report, Lifting the Pension Fog: What teachers and taxpayers need to know about the teacher pension crisis on February 22, 2017. The report evaluates state teacher pension policies against a forward...