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NCTQ Databurst: Maintaining strong elementary content requirements for prospective teachers
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NCTQ Databurst: Maintaining strong elementary content requirements for prospective teachers

Prospective teacher candidates should make informed decisions about which teacher preparation programs are likely to best prepare them to succeed on their licensure tests and in the classroom. However, too few states publish data that demonstrate whether specific teacher preparation programs are adequately preparing teacher candidates for their futures. This NCTQ Databurst describes each state's pass rate reporting, and analyzes the quality of each state's required elementary content licensure test.

A Fair Chance: Program Action Guide
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A Fair Chance: Program Action Guide

A Fair Chance: Simple steps to strengthen and diversify the teacher workforce examined a particularly troubling issue, the fact that so many elementary teacher candidates struggle to pass licensing tests in the essential content needed to teach elementary grades. This inadequate content knowledge is not a problem that begins with post-secondary institutions—but it can end there. It is also not a problem that teacher preparation programs can solve alone. The report explored course requirements, both...

Start Here to Become a Teacher
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Start Here to Become a Teacher

Peppered with plenty of advice from practicing teachers, Start Here to Become a Teacher provides advice to people interested in teaching and allows aspiring educators to more wisely "comparison shop" among teacher prep programs by providing them with a listing of the nation's top 120 undergraduate teacher prep programs. Other highlights include:- Calling out common myths about teaching and what teachers who are successful love most about their jobs- The pros and cons of undergrad...

A Fair Chance
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A Fair Chance

In A Fair Chance: Simple steps to strengthen and diversify the teacher workforce, NCTQ analysis reveals both astonishingly high numbers of elementary teacher candidates failing their professional licensing tests each year, as well as widespread evidence that teacher preparation programs give scant attention to the content knowledge candidates need. Candidates of color are hit hardest. Already more likely to be disadvantaged by an inequitable system of K-12 education, only 38 percent of black teacher candidates...

Walking the Tightrope Databurst
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Walking the Tightrope Databurst

Deciding under what circumstances teachers are laid off during a reduction in force or dismissed will always be a tightrope. Teachers deserve a fair process and one that respects their contributions to a school district, just as every student deserves competent teachers. This NCTQ Databurst looks at how states approach these two tough issues, examining if states are achieving an appropriate balance of interests between teachers and students.

Making a Difference
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Making a Difference

The past decade has been marked by rapid changes in teacher evaluations. While many districts and states announced their intention to install better systems, they faced political and structural challenges. In this study, NCTQ examines evidence of the impact of teacher evaluation in six places (four districts and two states) that have stayed the course in developing and implementing improved teacher evaluation systems: Dallas Independent School District, Denver Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools,...

Strengthening Reading Instruction Databurst
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Strengthening Reading Instruction Databurst

This study examines all 50 states' and the District of Columbia's requirements regarding the science of reading for elementary and special education teacher candidates.

States, Strikes, and Teacher Salaries
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States, Strikes, and Teacher Salaries

Teachers' demands in strikes across the country have varied, but there's no question that low salaries are one of the chief complaints. To provide some additional insight into what's motivating these strikes, we look at the salary data for 10 states that make salary information available for all of their districts. Clearly, teachers need to be paid more in some states and districts, but when it comes to thinking about how we improve teacher salaries...

Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst
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Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst

NCTQ's Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst is a study of states' strategic teacher compensation policies which includes a snapshot of all 50 states' and the District of Columbia's teacher compensation policies as they relate to providing additional compensation for effective teacher performance, teaching in high-need schools and subjects, and relevant, prior non-teaching work experience.

2018 Teacher Prep Review
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2018 Teacher Prep Review

The 2018 Teacher Prep Review examines the results of rating 567 traditional graduate programs, 129 alternative route programs, and 18 residencies preparing both elementary and secondary teachers. The Review includes recommendations for programs to make changes to improve the quality of teachers entering the profession and highlights exemplary programs for states and institutions to examine.

2018 State Teacher Policy Best Practices Guide
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2018 State Teacher Policy Best Practices Guide

The 2018 State Teacher Policy Best Practices Guide is a comprehensive resource that highlights leading state work across 37 different policy areas affecting teacher quality, and provides reference information for states seeking to emulate these best practices.

Teacher Shortages and Surpluses Databurst
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Teacher Shortages and Surpluses Databurst

The Teacher Shortages and Surpluses Databurst is an analysis of states' work to track teacher shortages and surpluses, and to implement the policy solutions to address these challenges. This resource includes an overview of promising practices currently being implemented, a snapshot of all 50 states' and the District of Columbia's efforts in addressing teacher supply and demand challenges, and noteworthy state policies by region across the country.

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