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The Four Pillars to Reading Success
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The Four Pillars to Reading Success

Learning how to read is not something that comes naturally. Many children need instruction from their teachers that follows the research on the most effective and efficient methods of teaching reading (often referred to as the "science of reading"). The path to literacy is supported by many actors, but states have a role in these four essential pillars: Pillar 1: Insisting that prep programs build teacher candidate knowledge. It is this pillar where states can make the...

A+ Reading Programs
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A+ Reading Programs

Every year, over a million children, most of them black and Hispanic, enter the fourth grade unable to read. Fully half of elementary teacher preparation programs have addressed this inequity head-on, preparing future teachers in the science of reading. But some programs have answered the call better than others. In this Snapshot, NCTQ explores the successes of the A+ reading programs of three universities - Lewis-Clark State College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Marshall University.

2020 Teacher Prep Review: Program Performance in Early Reading Instruction
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2020 Teacher Prep Review: Program Performance in Early Reading Instruction

New data and analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality finds significant progress on the science of reading instruction in teacher preparation. For the first time since NCTQ began publishing program ratings in its 2013 Teacher Prep Review, the number of programs in the nation to embrace reading science has crossed the halfway mark, with 51 percent of 1,000 evaluated traditional elementary teacher preparation programs across the country now earning an A or B...

NCTQ Databurst: Licensure Requirements for Out-of-State Teachers
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NCTQ Databurst: Licensure Requirements for Out-of-State Teachers

New data from the National Council on Teacher Quality reveal that the majority of states do not ask for evidence of prior successful teaching for those teachers coming from out of state who are applying for a teaching license—in spite of imposing many demands covering a host of other factors. As important, there are seven states that do not require a criminal background check on such teachers.

NCTQ Databurst: Teacher Leadership Opportunities
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NCTQ Databurst: Teacher Leadership Opportunities

More states are recognizing the importance of leadership roles for teachers, signaling that state policy is reflecting teachers' voices. Thirty-five states now have formal teacher leadership policies, with a net of eight additional states adopting formal teacher leadership policies in the past two years. Even though the implementation of any teacher leadership policy happens at the school district level, policies at the state level can catalyze and legitimize teacher leadership opportunities, providing districts with the...

State of the States 2019: Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy
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State of the States 2019: Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policy

Since the 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a large number of states have backed away from recently enacted policies that were designed to breathe new life into moribund teacher and principal evaluation systems. No fewer than 30 states have recently withdrawn at least one of the evaluation reforms that they adopted during a flurry of national activity between 2009 and 2015. Notably, nine fewer states now require teacher evaluations to include...

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