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2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

NCTQ's bi-annual 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook grades states on how well their programs and policies raise the quality of the teachers in their schools. The 2017 Yearbook evaluates states against nine policy areas, with this year's edition including, for the first time, information to reflect teacher diversity initiatives, principal evaluation and support systems, and state support for teacher leadership opportunities. For all 50 states and the District of Columbia, NCTQ produces a customized summary...

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Backing the Wrong Horse: The Story of One State's Ambitious But Disheartening Foray Into Performance Pay

Backing the Wrong Horse: The Story of One State's Ambitious But Disheartening Foray Into Performance Pay is part of the tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook report series. This study shows how 16 out of a sample of 18 Florida districts are continuing to pay higher salary awards to teachers who earn graduate degrees than teachers whose performance stands out, despite a 2011 Florida law which mandates that Florida school districts provide...

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ESSA Educator Equity Analyses

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)'s analyses of states' plans for ensuring that low-income and minority students are not disproportionately taught by ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) are designed to support states in ensuring that all students have access to excellent teachers. Each state-specific analysis recognizes notable "strengths," or areas where a state's work is laudable, as well as "opportunities," or areas where improvement is necessary to...

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Teacher Prep Review: Undergraduate Secondary Education

High school represents an amazing opportunity for students and their teachers. For most Americans, the high school years played a pivotal role in shaping what they know about subjects such as U.S. history, world history, literature, geometry and biology. For many, the high school years provide one of the last opportunities to gain valuable life-enhancing insights, for example, reading a classic novel such as To Kill a Mockingbird; discovering what happened during historical events such...

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Lifting the Pension Fog: What teachers and taxpayers need to know about the teacher pension crisis

This report, Lifting the Pension Fog: What teachers and taxpayers need to know about the teacher pension crisis, evaluates state teacher pension policies, and includes policy profiles and tailored recommendations for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Pensions remain a vexing public policy issue with direct implications for attracting and retaining a high-quality teacher workforce. This report, by NCTQ and EducationCounsel, examines the sustainability, flexibility, and fairness of each state's current...

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Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises

Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises is part of the tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook report series. This report finds that within the 30 states that require student learning measures to be at least a significant factor in teacher evaluations, state guidance and rules in most states allow teachers to be rated effective even if they receive low scores on the student learning component...

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Teacher Prep Review: Undergraduate Elementary Education

NCTQ's 2016 Landscape in Teacher Preparation has examined 875 traditional undergraduate programs that prepare elementary school teachers, finding widely variable levels of quality. Some programs prepare teachers whom parents would love to see in front of their child's classroom. Too many others graduate teachers who still need substantial assistance and experience before they are truly ready for the position they now are authorized to fill. Since 2014, programs have made gains in a few key...

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Within Our Grasp: Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Prep

Within Our Grasp: Achieving Higher Admissions Standards in Teacher Prep is the tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook report series. This report focuses on teacher preparation program compliance with raised admissions policies required at the state level.See here for the report's Executive Summary.See below for state findings, as well as state and program responses to our analyses.Alabama: Findings and State and Program ResponsesArkansas: Findings and State and Program ResponsesDelaware: Findings and State...

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High Hopes and Harsh Realities: The real challenges to building a diverse workforce

Public schools are suffering from a well-publicized diversity problem. Students of color make up nearly half of all public school students, yet teachers of color comprise just 18 percent of the teacher workforce. In an effort to address what Slate has described as "the one cause in education everyone supports," school districts across the country are pledging to employ more teachers who look like their students. But what will it take to achieve a national...

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Some Assembly Required: Piecing together the preparation preschool teachers need

Preschool teachers have one of the toughest jobs around. Do the prep programs training aspiring preschool teachers give them the skills and knowledge they need to create an high-quality and enduring preschool experience? Read about what many prep programs are – and are not – teaching aspiring preschool teachers. Miss the webinar? Watch the recording here.Want to learn more?A resource for policymakers and advocatesA resource for aspiring teachersA resource for teachers and preschool providersA detailed...

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Learning About Learning: What Every New Teacher Needs to Know

To write this report, we combed through thousands of pages of teacher education textbooks for discussion of research-based strategies that every teacher candidate should learn in order to promote student learning and retention. What few references we found were buried among pages discussing teaching strategies with much less -- often no -- scientific merit. This report asserts that textbook publishers and authors are failing the teaching profession, students and the public by neglecting to provide...

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2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

The 2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook is our ninth annual Yearbook report. Comprised of a National Summary and State-specific reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this 52 volume Yearbook provides a 360-degree analysis of every state law, rule and regulation that shapes the teaching profession—from teacher preparation, licensing and evaluation to compensation, professional development and dismissal policy. Download the full National Summary here. To read the Press Release for the National...

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State of the States 2015: Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning

This report presents the most comprehensive and up-to-date policy trends on how states are evaluating teachers. It also breaks new ground by providing a look at the policy landscape on principal effectiveness. Finally, this report examines state efforts to connect the dots – that is, use the results of evaluations to better inform practice and make decisions of consequence for teachers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.See below for state summaries and...

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Teacher Pensions Mythbusters

Some of the most common myths around teacher pensions are dispelled in this handy "Mythbusters" document. Read and share the full document or each individual "myth vs. fact" using the links below: Teacher Pensions Mythbusters Myth #1 Myth #2 Myth #3 Myth #4 Myth #5 Myth #6 Myth #7 Myth #8

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Incoherent By Design

To understand the different approaches taken by prep programs housed on the same university campus, we examined 13 institutions that offer both a grad and undergrad program preparing new elementary and/or secondary teachers. We find strikingly different course requirements in undergrad and grad elementary programs — even though both are offered by the same ed school.

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