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Unpacking Secondary Certification: How States Fail Licensing Tests
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Unpacking-Secondary-Certification:-How-States-Fail-Licensing-Tests
As has been previously detailed, secondary certification is a hot mess, and looking at state-mandated licensing tests adds yet another layer of complexity.

2017 State Requirements for Out-of-State Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/national/Requirements-for-Out--of--State-Teachers-86
See how states fared on our policy goals for licensure reciprocity in 2017.

Unpacking Secondary Certification: Where the Rubber Misses the Road
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Unpacking-Secondary-Certification:-Where-the-Rubber-Misses-the-Road
This is the final installment in a series exploring secondary certifications, state licensing tests, and the subject matter preparation that teacher prep programs provide future high school teachers. This fourth...

Why the Quality of Teacher Prep Programs Matters
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Why-the-Quality-of-Teacher-Prep-Programs-Matters
Some people ask if the quality of teacher preparation matters at all.

But, We Still Need Licensure Tests
https://www.nctq.org/blog/But,-We-Still-Need-Licensure-Tests

Border walls between states and their impact on kids
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Border-walls-between-states-and-their-impact-on-kids
Despite how some organizations tend to discuss teacher supply, the United States doesn't have just one teacher labor market, but at least 50. Why is the labor market so fragmented?...

Undergraduate programs struggle to prepare high school teachers
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Undergraduate-programs-struggle-to-prepare-high-school-teachers
The National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ) evaluation of 717 undergraduate programs preparing high school teachers found that many programs do well preparing teachers in some subjects but fall short...

When it comes to attracting out-of-state teachers, do states shoot themselves in the foot?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/When-it-comes-to-attracting-out--of--state-teachers,-do-states-shoot-themselves-in-the-foot
As many states struggle to staff all their classrooms, they might want to examine the degree to which their own policies discourage qualified teachers from applying.

2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook
https://www.nctq.org/publications/2017-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook
NCTQ's bi-annual 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook grades states on how well their programs and policies raise the quality of the teachers in their schools. The 2017 Yearbook evaluates states...

Wanted: Teachers! No reading or writing required
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Wanted:-Teachers!-No-reading-or-writing-required
Over the last few months, a whole bunch of states -- including Arizona, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, New York, and Wisconsin -- have tried to lower their requirements for...

Preparing New Teachers for the “What” and “How” to Teach
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Preparing-New-Teachers-for-the-What-and-How-to-Teach
A good secondary teacher prep program has two basic functions: first, to ensure that teacher candidates graduate knowing the content of the subject in which they will become certified; and...

Is it easier to prepare high school teachers than elementary teachers?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Is-it-easier-to-prepare-high-school-teachers-than-elementary-teachers
NCTQ's new report on teacher prep programs provides an updated perspective on how well some 700 colleges and universities are preparing high school teachers. While it is certainly no easier...

Unpacking Secondary Certification: State Certification Discontinuity
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Unpacking-Secondary-Certification:-State-Certification-Discontinuity
There are nearly as many arrangements of science and social studies certifications as there are states, which is somewhat astonishing considering almost all high school students take the same core...

Unpacking Secondary Certification: The Two Types of Certification
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Unpacking-Secondary-Certification:-The-Two-Types-of-Certification
There is a seemingly simple path to high school certification: complete a major in the subject you want to teach while taking a few courses like classroom management and methods...

Local View
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Local-View
The fact that many of Nebraska's schools lack enough teachers, particularly in fields like science, mathematics, and special education, is likely not news to most. Year after year, nearly all...

Statement from Kate Walsh, President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, on Scrapping New York’s Literacy Test for Prospective Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Statement-from-Kate-Walsh,-President-of-the-National-Council-on-Teacher-Quality,-on-Scrapping-New-Yorks-Literacy-Test-for-Prospective-Teachers
Today, New York's State Board of Regents is considering doing away with a recentlyadopted licensing test for teacher candidates, amid concerns that the too many blackand Latino teacher candidates fail...

Changing the Landscape
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Changing-the-Landscape
We've made some changes to the Review- here's the what and the why.

When it comes to teacher quality, do states really matter?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/When-it-comes-to-teacher-quality,-do-states-really-matter
Of late, I've been holding my own internal debate. Is getting states to change their teacher policies worth all the time and effort that it takes x 50?

Three reasons why every teacher prep program should adopt the edTPA…or not.
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Three-reasons-why-every-teacher-prep-program-should-adopt-the-edTPAor-not.
Over the last few decades, the field of teacher educationhas heavily promoted the use and even the mandatory adoption by states ofstandardized assessments that can be used to judge how...

Getting Licensed to Teach in Minnesota: A Puzzling Process
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Getting-Licensed-to-Teach-in-Minnesota:-A-Puzzling-Process
A year ago a group of 20 out-of-state teachers filed a lawsuitin Minnesota over the state's teacherlicensing regulations which they claimed were inconsistent and incoherent. Thestate's Office of the Legislative...

2015 State Licensure Advancement Policies
https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/national/Licensure-Advancement-71
See how states fared on our policy goals for licensure advancement.

2015 State Emergency Licensure Policies
https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/national/Extended-Emergency-Licenses-73
See how states fared on our policy goals for emergency licensure.

A new tool for teacher policy change: the gavel
https://www.nctq.org/blog/A-new-tool-for-teacher-policy-change:-the-gavel
"It should not take this long."A simple sentiment, but one that likely resonates with almost any teacher who has ever moved to a new state only to then engage in...

Getting great teachers takes high standards
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Getting-great-teachers-takes-high-standards-
Raising standards is hard. But as painful as it is todecide that not everyone is cut out to teach or that some candidates aren'tprepared well enough to do so, the...

Don't judge these teacher ed journals by their titles!
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Dont-judge-these-teacher-ed-journals-by-their-titles!
Doteacher education journals seek to help teacher educators do a better job? It seemslike a fairly silly question. Nevertheless, we reviewed 10 prominent teacher edjournals and learned that, for the...

Know any aspiring teachers? Send them a copy of this book ASAP
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Know-any-aspiring-teachers-Send-them-a-copy-of-this-book-ASAP
When I was in college, several of my coursesrequired the purchase of what the professors indicated were canonical texts.Calculus required Apostol's Calculus Volumes1 and 2.Electricity and magnetism used Jackson's ClassicalElectrodynamics....

Incoherent by design
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Incoherent-by-design
When wefirst began analyzing teacher prep programs for the Teacher Prep Review, we were surprised to find some really bigdifferences in how well programs housed on the same campus did...

The All-Purpose Science Teacher: Why Far Too Many States Are Allowing High School Science Teachers To Teach Subjects They May Know Very Little About
https://www.nctq.org/publications/The-All--Purpose-Science-Teacher:-Why-Far-Too-Many-States-Are-Allowing-High-School-Science-Teachers-To-Teach-Subjects-They-May-Know-Very-Little-About

2012 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: Improving Teacher Preparation National Summary
https://www.nctq.org/publications/2012-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook:-Improving-Teacher-Preparation-National-Summary
The State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides detailed analysis of any and every state policy that impacts the teaching profession. The Yearbook is a 52-volume encyclopedia (51 state reports including the...

State of the States 2012: Building a Better Alternate Route - Area 2: Expanding the Pool of Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2012:-Building-a-Better-Alternate-Route----Area-2:-Expanding-the-Pool-of-Teachers;-NCTQ-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook-Brief
Interim editions of the Yearbook provide shorter briefs for each state that include a state-specific action plan, updating states' progress on Yearbook goals and giving advice on how to prioritize...

State of the States 2012: All Quiet on the Preparation Front - Area 1: Delivering Well-Prepared Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2012:-All-Quiet-on-the-Preparation-Front----Area-1:-Delivering-Well--Prepared-Teachers;-NCTQ-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook-Brief
Interim editions of the Yearbook provide shorter briefs for each state that include a state-specific action plan, updating states' progress on Yearbook goals and giving advice on how to prioritize...

2011 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: National Summary
https://www.nctq.org/publications/2011-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook:-National-Summary
The State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides detailed analysis of any and every state policy that impacts the teaching profession. The Yearbook is a 52-volume encyclopedia (51 state reports including the...

2010 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: Blueprint for Change National Summary
https://www.nctq.org/publications/2010-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook:-Blueprint-for-Change-National-Summary
As a companion to last year's comprehensive state-by-state analysis, the 2010 edition provides each state with an individualized Blueprint for Change, building off last year's Yearbook goals and recommendations.

The All-Purpose Science Teacher: An Analysis of Loopholes in State Requirements for High School Science Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/The-All--Purpose-Science-Teacher:-An-Analysis-of-Loopholes-in-State-Requirements-for-High-School-Science-Teachers
NCTQ's analysis of science-teacher licensure policies in every state of the union reveals that most offer loopholes allowing high school teachers to teach specific subjects without adequate preparation. Eleven states...

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers: Are Colorado's education school graduates ready to teach reading and mathematics in elementary classrooms?
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Preparing-Tomorrows-Teachers:-Are-Colorados-education-school-graduates-ready-to-teach-reading-and-mathematics-in-elementary-classrooms
As a follow up to NCTQ's national studies of how well elementary teachers are prepared to teach reading and mathematics, NCTQ looks at preparation in both subjects in all undergraduate...

Tackling the STEM crisis: Five steps your state can take to improve the quality and quantity of its K-12 math and science teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Tackling-the-STEM-crisis:-Five-steps-your-state-can-take-to-improve-the-quality-and-quantity-of-its-K--12-math-and-science-teachers
State laws and regulations can either help or hinder the ability of school districts to hire effective teachers for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. State officials wanting to...

What Indiana's Education Schools Aren't Teaching About Reading
https://www.nctq.org/publications/What-Indianas-Education-Schools-Arent-Teaching-About-Reading
NCTQ Releases Study of Reading Preparation in Indiana Education Schools: As a follow up to NCTQ's national study on how well elementary teachers are prepared to teach reading, NCTQ looks...

No Common Denominator: The Preparation of Elementary Teachers in Mathematics by America's Education Schools
https://www.nctq.org/publications/No-Common-Denominator:-The-Preparation-of-Elementary-Teachers-in-Mathematics-by-Americas-Education-Schools
American students' chronically poor performance in mathematics on international tests may begin in the earliest grades, handicapped by the weak knowledge of mathematics of their own elementary teachers. NCTQ looks...

What Education Schools Aren't Teaching About Reading--and What Elementary Teachers Aren't Learning
https://www.nctq.org/publications/What-Education-Schools-Arent-Teaching-About-Reading----and-What-Elementary-Teachers-Arent-Learning
In this groundbreaking report, NCTQ studied a large representative sampling of ed schools to find out what future elementary teachers are and are not learning about reading instruction. The report,...

Necessary and Insufficient: Resisting a Full Measure of Teacher Quality
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Necessary-and-Insufficient:-Resisting-a-Full-Measure-of-Teacher-Quality
For all the conflict generated by various K-12 education reform efforts, there is one principle everyone agrees on: teachers need to know the subject matter they teach. This principle makes...

Teacher Certification Reconsidered: Stumbling for Quality
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Teacher-Certification-Reconsidered:-Stumbling-for-Quality
The importance of good teaching to the academic success of students is intuitively obvious to any parent and is well substantiated by a body of sound research. Correspondingly, ensuring that...