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Driven by Data: Using Licensure Tests to Build a Strong, Diverse Teacher Workforce
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Driven by Data: Using Licensure Tests to Build a Strong, Diverse Teacher Workforce

The NCTQ publication of long-hidden data on institutional pass rates for elementary content teacher licensure tests serves as a compass, pointing toward strengths and opportunities in preparing aspiring elementary teachers for success in the classroom.

Smart Money 2.0
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Smart Money 2.0

A new analysis by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) examines salary data and related compensation materials from 90 large school districts to determine lifetime earnings trajectories for teachers over a 30-year career. The findings expose vast differences in teacher compensation by a number of measures, including starting salaries, maximum salaries, average salary throughout a career, bonus potential, and lifetime earnings, all adjusted for cost of living.

Leveraging American Rescue Plan Funds to Advance Literacy: A Step-by-Step Guide for States and Early Reading Advocates
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Leveraging American Rescue Plan Funds to Advance Literacy: A Step-by-Step Guide for States and Early Reading Advocates

With the significant infusion of dollars now available to both states and school districts, we have a unique opportunity to finally reduce high rates of illiteracy, particularly in populations which have been traditionally underserved by an inequitable system of education. Instead of a third of all children entering 4th grade still unable to read at a basic level, the application of evidence based instruction can reduce that number to as low as 5%. That's a...

State of the States 2021: Teacher Preparation Policy
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State of the States 2021: Teacher Preparation Policy

NCTQ examines state policy trends that govern some of the most essential aspects of teacher preparation, from reading and content knowledge licensure exams to admissions and basic skills test requirements.

Teacher Prep Review: Program Diversity and Admissions 2021
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Teacher Prep Review: Program Diversity and Admissions 2021

New data from NCTQ examines the interplay between racial diversity and admissions standards in teacher preparation programs. We present strong evidence that these two considerations need not be competing goals, finding just short of 200 programs that are both contributing to greater teacher diversity and have adequate admissions standards.

Roll Call 2020
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Roll Call 2020

Teachers remain the most important in-school factor for student learning. The implementation of remote learning reminds us of teachers' preeminent importance, with current schooling stripped of all but this one essential feature. Teachers can accomplish so much each day, that any day that they are absent means lost learning for their students.

NCTQ Databurst: State Oversight of Alternate Routes into Teaching
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NCTQ Databurst: State Oversight of Alternate Routes into Teaching

All but four states in the nation now permit teachers to come into the profession through an "alternate route," compared to only a few 30 years ago. Alternate routes into the classroom have grown so acceptable that about one in five teachers now enters the profession through one of these programs, which offer some real benefits to the profession. Nearly double the percentage of teacher candidates in alternate route programs identify as Black and more...

2020 Teacher Prep Review: Clinical Practice and Classroom Management
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2020 Teacher Prep Review: Clinical Practice and Classroom Management

Strong preparation requires meaningful practice. New data looks at the training provided by over 1,000 elementary teacher preparation programs in how to manage a classroom and in program efforts to assert quality control in clinical practice experiences (including both student teaching and residencies).

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