Some Assembly Required: Piecing together the preparation preschool teachers need
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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...

Learning About Learning: What Every New Teacher Needs to Know
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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...

2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook
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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...

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

Teacher Pensions Mythbusters
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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

Incoherent By Design
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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.

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

2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook
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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.

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

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

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

Teacher Prep Review 2014 Report
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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...

Roll Call: The importance of teacher attendance
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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...

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

State-by-State Evaluation Timeline Briefs
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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...