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 No fewer than 30 states have recently withdrawn at least one of the evaluation reforms that they adopted during a flurry of national activity between 2009 and 2015.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...

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...