The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) conducts research and provides important data analysis on key education policy issues that impact the teacher workforce. NCTQ's work includes reviews of the quality of 2,600 teacher preparation programs across the nation in recruiting strong, diverse candidates, and in providing them with the knowledge and skills that are essential for success in the classroom. NCTQ also tracks any policy relevant to the teaching profession found in state laws or regulations, as well as school board policies, contractual agreements, school calendars, and salary schedules maintained by the 140+ largest school districts.

Our policy recommendations are based on the data we collect, firmly grounded in peer-reviewed research, and designed to strengthen the teaching profession so that all teachers — aspiring, novice, and veteran — can thrive and all students can learn. 

See NCTQ's work in action. Check out recent media coverage of our data, analyses, and more:

A new law in North Carolina aims to retrain an entire state's elementary teachers in the science of reading
(The Seattle Times, November 10, 2021)
The Hechinger Report's Ariel Gilreath highlights North Carolina's efforts to transition all of its schools from using whole language to evidence-based methods of reading instruction, citing data from the NCTQ 2020 Teacher Prep Review: Program Performance in Early Reading Instruction. NCTQ's President Kate Walsh is interviewed and discusses why the whole language approach can be problematic for students learning how to read and why the literacy curriculum at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina serves as a model for other teacher prep programs.

Substitute teachers needed for support in Bibb County Schools
(WMGT NBC 41, October 20, 2021)
Shedding light on the shortage of substitute teachers in Georgia's Bibb County School District and officials' efforts to get more coverage, this broadcast news segment cites data on teacher attendance from NCTQ's Roll Call report.

Behind the teacher shortage, an unexpected culprit: Covid relief money
(NBC News, October 1, 2021)
NBC News' Erin Einhorn reports on how COVID relief dollars in Michigan are being spent on raising teacher salaries and causing some teachers to quit their existing jobs in low-paying school districts to take positions in higher-paying school districts. NCTQ President Kate Walsh is interviewed and explains why some districts are hesitant to put all of the money into hiring.

VIDEO: How much can some teachers earn in a career? This report gives you an idea
(WGHP Fox 8, August 27, 2021)
An exploration of the earning potential for teachers in North Carolina's Guilford County and Forsyth County Schools using NCTQ's Smart Money 2.0 report, which provides a 90-district comparison of teacher pay trends. NCTQ's Chief of Policy and Programs Shannon Holston is interviewed in the broadcast news segment and offers insight on teacher salary growth over the course of a 30-year career.

Some Prep Programs Do a Better Job of Building Teachers' Knowledge
(Forbes, July 21, 2021)
Education author and journalist Natalie Wexler highlights key findings from new data released by NCTQ on first-attempt pass rates for elementary content teacher licensure tests and delves into case studies for institutions where aspiring teachers have found greater success on these tests that assess critical content knowledge.

Like other school systems, Carroll struggles to recruit a more diverse staff
(The Washington Post, June 7, 2021)
Perspectives from the field on the challenges that Carroll County Public School System in Maryland faces with recruiting and hiring teachers of color, featuring commentary from NCTQ's President Kate Walsh about the contributing factors to the lack of diversity in the teacher workforce.

OPINION: Why public school teachers need paid family and medical leave
(Hechinger Report, April 21, 2021)
An op-ed on why the Biden administration should ensure that public school teachers aren't left out of the push for paid family and medical leave, which includes a quote from NCTQ's Chief of Policy and Programs Shannon Holston and data from our collective bargaining laws tool.

Education lessons from the pandemic
(The Hill, March 13, 2021)
Exploring lessons learned during the pandemic — from remote learning strategies to teacher shortages — using NCTQ's COVID-19 tracker data on how school districts have adapted teacher policies.

Many Maryland schools set to reopen to students on Monday
(Associated Press, February 25, 2021)
As Maryland's most populous school districts reopen and concerned teachers protest, here's a look at how local reopening plans vary using NCTQ data on collective bargaining laws to provide context.

Setting the bar higher
(Inside Higher Education, February 16, 2021)
An in-depth look at NCTQ's Teacher Prep Review: Program Diversity and Admissions (2021) report — from raising admissions standards for prep programs to increasing diversity in the field.

COVID-19 upends classrooms and fewer people study to become teachers, but the class of 2020 can't wait to start
(, January 5, 2021)
NCTQ's President Kate Walsh speaks on the pandemic's potential impact on the teaching profession.

Did COVID-19 really drive teachers to quit?
(Education Week, November, 12, 2020)
Answering the question of whether COVID-19 has driven more teachers to quit using NCTQ data analysis from several large school districts.

Are aspiring teachers learning classroom management? It varies.
(Education Week, October 20, 2020)
Exploring the importance of training teacher candidates on classroom management skills citing NCTQ's Teacher Prep Review: Clinical Practice and Classroom Management (2020).

PODCAST: The Education Exchange: Preparing better teachers
(Education Next, October 5, 2020)
NCTQ President Kate Walsh discusses how teachers have managed to adjust to online instruction during the pandemic, and more.

The classroom and COVID-19: Teachers say they want to be 'treated as though we're real people
(, August 31, 2020)
A look at concerns surrounding teacher contracts in the era of COVID-19 using data analysis from NCTQ's Teacher Contract Database.

The next generation of teachers grapples with uncertainty as coronavirus shuts schools
(, May 3, 2020)
NCTQ President Kate Walsh discusses the challenges teacher candidates face after certification as they attempt to enter the teacher workforce during the pandemic.

Coronavirus is making it easier to become a teacher in a state with severe shortage of educators
(Hechinger Report, May 1, 2020)
NCTQ President Kate Walsh speaks on why Mississippi's decision to temporarily waive licensing tests for teacher prep candidates is a step in the wrong direction.

Most MN teacher prep programs expose educators to science of reading
(, January 29, 2020)
NCTQ President Kate Walsh discusses how Minnesota's teacher prep programs rank in our Teacher Prep Review: Program Performance in Early Reading Instruction (2020) for training aspiring educators in scientifically-based methods of reading instruction.

Where are all the special educators?
(, January 13, 2020)
NCTQ offers three solutions for school districts on how to combat shortages of special education teachers.

An urgent call for improved reading and literacy instruction
(, November 12, 2019)
NCTQ is named as a leading education group championing evidence-based methods of reading instruction for aspiring educators enrolled in teacher preparation programs.

Hackles rise as Chicago teachers strike drags into day 10
(Associated Press, October 30, 2019)
A look at the 2019 teacher strike in Chicago citing NCTQ's data analysis of teacher contracts across the country.

Chancellor pledges to review D.C.'s controversial teacher evaluation system
(The Washington Post, October 20, 2019)
A look at the D.C. Public Schools Chancellor's strategy for instituting a rigorous review of the city's teacher evaluation system, using NCTQ's State of the States (2019) data on the number of states that use student standardized test scores to evaluate teacher performance.

Chicago teachers say pay bump can't fix deeper problems
(Associated Press, October 17, 2019)
Addressing teacher pay concerns in Chicago's Public School System amid a teacher strike, NCTQ data on teacher pay is cited to provide context.

The problem isn't a teacher shortage, it's a lack of innovation in how teachers may work
(, October 9, 2019)
In exploring innovative ways to implement education reform, this piece includes NCTQ data and analysis on state policies regarding strategic compensation.

No thanks, Obama: 9 states no longer require test scores be used to judge teachers
(, October 8, 2019)
Highlights NCTQ's State of the States: Teacher & Principal Evaluation Policy (2019) report that outlines how states are backing away from the Obama-era "Race to the Top" initiative, which offered a chance at federal dollars for including student test scores as a measure of success in teacher evaluations.

Teachers want higher pay, but pensions swallow up the money
(The Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2019)
Making the case for getting rid of defined-benefit retirement plans for former educators in order to increase pay for current teachers using NCTQ data analysis on defined-benefit pension plans to provide context.

More than four in 10 Warwick teachers were absent for 10 or more days last year
(The Boston Globe, September 20, 2019)
An assessment of teacher absences in Warwick, Mass., using NCTQ data on the amount of sick days allotted to educators in several of the largest school districts according to union contracts.

Ensuring equitable access to great teachers: state policy priorities
(, April 29, 2019)
Former NCTQ Vice President Elizabeth Ross explains the requirements for states around ensuring educator equity under the federal Examining the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and provides key findings from NCTQ's review of state plans to make sure all students have equal access to effective teachers.

Think you want to be a teacher? Read this first
(, April 18, 2019)
Insight on how to equip teacher candidates with the tools necessary to succeed in the classroom using NCTQ's 2019 debut book, Start Here to Become a Teacher.

Why so many teachers can't pass a licensing test — and why it matters
(, March 13, 2019)
A look into possible reasons why some teacher candidates have difficulty becoming certified teachers, inspired by the new data from NCTQ's A Fair Chance report.

You're more likely to pass the bar than an elementary teacher licensing exam
(Education Week, March 5, 2019)
An in-depth look at NCTQ's analysis on the rate of teacher candidates that fail the Praxis elementary education content test, which is the most widely used test of its kind.

PODCAST: The Education Exchange: Subject tests for prospective elementary teachers have high failure rates
(Education Next, March 4, 2019)
NCTQ President Kate Walsh discusses how to strengthen and diversify the teacher workforce.