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Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions: How to Protect Teachers and Taxpayers

Challenging the claims of pension boards and other groups about the cost-effectiveness, fairness and flexibility of the traditional defined benefit pension plans still in place in 38 states, this report includes a report card on each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia with a detailed analysis of state teacher pension policies. Also, the State Teacher Policy Dashboard has additional state specific and national overview information on pension systems. State Pension Report Cards Alabama Pension Report...

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2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

The 2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook keeps the spotlight on the critical issue of teacher preparation. In addition to updating the full set of teacher preparation policies reviewed in last year's comprehensive edition, the 2014 Yearbook casts a critical eye on whether states have established requirements for teacher preparation and licensure that help to ensure that teachers are ready for the increased demands of states' college- and career-readiness standards for K-12 students.

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Smart money: What teachers make, how long it takes and what it buys them

What teachers are paid matters. Many factors play a role in making the decision to become a teacher, but for many people compensation heavily influences the decision not only to enter the profession but also whether to stay in it and when to leave. For teachers, knowing where salaries start and end isn't enough; they must also understand the path they will take from starting salary to the top of the scale. Read our statement...

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Training Our Future Teachers: Easy A's and What's Behind Them

Using evidence from more than 500 colleges and universities producing nearly half of the nation's new teachers annually, this report answers two questions that go to the heart of whether the demands of teacher preparation are well matched to the demands of the classroom: Are teacher candidates graded too easily, misleading them about their readiness to teach? Are teacher preparation programs providing sufficiently rigorous training, or does the approach to training drive higher grades? Resources Easy...

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Unequal access, unequal results: Equitable teacher distribution in Miami-Dade County Public Schools

This report analyzes the distribution of teachers in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

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Teacher Prep Review 2014 Report

Teacher Prep Review 2014 is the second edition of NCTQ's biennial assessment of the nation's 2,400 teacher prep programs. The Review uncovers early evidence that teacher prep programs are beginning to make changes. It arrives at a time of heightened, unprecedented activity across the nation to improve teacher preparation. Read a summary of the changes we made in March 2015 as a result of our appeals and due diligence reviews for Teacher Prep Review 2014. Resources 2014 Teacher...

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Roll Call: The importance of teacher attendance

This report breaks down teacher attendance for 40 districts in the nation's largest cities in the 2012-2013 school year. We identify districts with the greatest percentage of teachers with excellent attendance as well as those with the biggest percentages of chronically absent teachers. In addition to identifying districts that are leaders and laggards in school attendance, the report takes a look at the impact of school poverty levels on teacher attendance and whether or not...

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Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Pittsburgh Public Schools

This report examines teacher quality policies and practices Pittsburgh Public Schools and provides Pittsburgh with a tailored analysis of the teacher policy areas most in need of critical attention, as well as areas of strength for the district.Local PartnersA+ SchoolsUrban League of Greater PittsburghRelated ResourcesPress ReleaseExecutive SummaryCommunity GuidePress CoverageStudy recommends changes for Pittsburgh Public SchoolsReport: Pittsburgh strong on teacher evaluations, but changes neededPittsburgh's teacher absenteeism called 'startling'Pittsburgh schools await progress reportTuesday rundown: A roadmap to...

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State-by-State Evaluation Timeline Briefs

With the whirlwind of activity around teacher evaluation over the last five years, it would be easy to conclude that most states now have teacher evaluation systems that include evidence of student learning and that most teachers across the country now face consequences--both positive and negative--based on their ratings from these systems. While there has indeed been tremendous activity at the policy level, the reality is that most states have barely begun to implement...

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2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

The State Teacher Policy Yearbook presents the most detailed analysis available of each state's performance against, and progress toward, a set of specific, research-based teacher policy goals aimed at helping states build a comprehensive policy framework in support of teacher effectiveness.

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Training Our Future Teachers: Classroom Management

This report examines traditional teacher preparation in classroom management, which is a struggle for many teachers, especially new ones. It studies over 100 programs, both elementary and secondary, graduate and undergraduate. The report identifies the classroom management strategies that garner the strongest research support and looks at the extent to which programs teach and offer practice in these strategies in instructional and clinical coursework, as well as in student teaching. Related Resources Executive Summary Check out the key...

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Teacher Quality Roadmap Revisited: Checking in on Springfield, Massachusetts

This is a follow-up study of teacher policies in Springfield Public Schools as a complement to the original report which was released in October 2011. The follow-up study focuses primarily on a review of the contract ratified in May 2013 between the Springfield Education Association and the Springfield School Committee.

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State of the States 2013 Connect the Dots: Using Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness to Inform Policy and Practice

This report provides a detailed and up-to-date lay of the land on teacher evaluation policies across the 50 states and DCPS. It also offers a more in-depth look at the states with the most ambitious teacher evaluation systems, including their efforts to connect teacher evaluation to other policy areas. In addition, it includes some advice and lessons learned from states' early experiences on the road to improving teacher evaluation systems. See below for state summaries and...

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Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Dayton Public Schools

This report examines teacher quality policies and practices in the Dayton Public Schools and provides Dayton with a tailored analysis of the teacher policy areas most in need of critical attention, as well as areas of strength for the district.Local PartnersLearn to Earn DaytonThe Thomas B. Fordham InstituteRelated ResourcesPress ReleaseCommunity GuidePress CoverageReport Reveals Dayton Schools Need ImprovementTeacher attendance and low pay among DPS issues when it comes to having high quality teachers, study saysLocal reaction...

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Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report

The first edition of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review is an unprecedented evaluation of more than 1,100 colleges and universities that prepare elementary and secondary teachers. As a consumer tool, it allows aspiring teachers, parents and school districts to compare programs and determine which are doing the best -- and weakest -- job of training new teachers.ResourcesSee findings by state, standard or program Check out programs on the Honor RollLearn about the people behind...