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Strong support for rigorous principal evaluations
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Strong-support-for-rigorous-principal-evaluations
In Tennessee schools, accountability starts at the top - and that might be making all the difference.

How principals can change the culture around teacher evaluations
https://www.nctq.org/blog/How-principals-can-change-the-culture-around-teacher-evaluations
Imagine a test where the only grades a student could earn were A or A-. Envision an update to Yelp that allows customers to rate restaurants using only 4 or...

Backing the Wrong Horse: The Story of One State's Ambitious But Disheartening Foray Into Performance Pay
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Backing-the-Wrong-Horse:-The-Story-of-One-States-Ambitious-But-Disheartening-Foray-Into-Performance-Pay
Backing the Wrong Horse: The Story of One State's Ambitious But Disheartening Foray Into Performance Pay is part of the tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook report...

March 2017: Evaluation systems
https://www.nctq.org/blog/March-2017:-Evaluation-systems
In recent years, teacher evaluation policy has been front and center in the quest to improve teacher quality. This month, we take a look at the basic building blocks of...

Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Running-in-Place:-How-New-Teacher-Evaluations-Fail-to-Live-Up-to-Promises
Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises is part of the tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook report series. This report...

Teacher observations: reliable, but not perfect
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Teacher-observations:-reliable,-but-not-perfect
A new study adds to some evidence that, although a relatively reliable measure, teacher observations may be capturing more than we would like.

Adjusting, not abandoning, teacher eval
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Adjusting,-not-abandoning,-teacher-eval
There are new teacher evaluation systems that show substantial promise, but as with any systemic effort, we need to watch for and guard against any unintended consequences.

Evaluation Essentials: How do districts measure up?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Evaluation-Essentials:-How-do-districts-measure-up
Districts' policies should enable teachers and administrators to fully capitalize on the benefits provided by strong evaluation practices.

Can better applicant screening raise teacher quality?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Can-better-applicant-screening-raise-teacher-quality
It's teacher hiring season, and school districts are out in full force working to recruit teachers.

Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Strategic-Teacher-Compensation-Databurst
NCTQ's Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst is a study of states' strategic teacher compensation policies which includes a snapshot of all 50 states' and the District of Columbia's teacher compensation policies...

In Data We Trust
https://www.nctq.org/blog/In-Data-We-Trust
Without first understanding a problem, it's next-to-impossible to fix it. A new policy brief demonstrates how one state looked first to data to better understand its schools' inequitable assignment of...

Does Opportunity Culture bring students more opportunities to learn?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Does-Opportunity-Culture-bring-students-more-opportunities-to-learn
About 20 school districts have adopted new staffing models known collectively as Opportunity Culture, each designed to maximize the impact of great teachers. Makes sense, but does it work? Thanks...

Performance Pay: How Teacher Evaluations Impact Compensation
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Performance-Pay:-How-Teacher-Evaluations-Impact-Compensation
In light of new research regarding performance pay, this month's Trendline takes a look at how a teacher's evaluation rating affects salary in some of the largest districts in each...

The best laid plans...
https://www.nctq.org/blog/The-best-laid-plans...
There is a cautionary lesson from a new working paper examining Houston's bold talent initiative. In many ways, it yielded the results intended by retaining a higher number of great...

A new look at performance pay
https://www.nctq.org/blog/A-new-look-at-performance-pay
A new study suggests that offering performance bonuses to a smaller segment of high performing teachers than is typical in schools using performance pay may be a smart move.

2017 State Policy: Measures of Student Growth
https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/national/Requirements-for-Out--of--State-Teachers-86
See how states fared on our goals for measuring student growth in teacher evaluations in 2017.

2017 State Dismissal Policies
https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/national/Dismissal-79
See how states fared on our policy goals for dismissing teachers for poor performance in 2017.

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...

Dallas pay for performance initiative producing positive results
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Dallas-pay-for-performance-initiative-producing-positive-results
NCTQ has long supported teacher pay for performance in school districts. Better pay can encourage the best teachers to stay in the classroom and prompt talented people to enter the...

Spring 2017 ESSA Educator Equity Best Practices Guide
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Spring-2017-ESSA-Educator-Equity-Best-Practices-Guide
This Best Practices Guide highlights exemplary work to meet the ESSA's educator equity requirements from the 17 state plans we analyzed in spring 2017.

Fall 2017 ESSA Educator Equity Best Practices Guide
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Fall-2017-ESSA-Educator-Equity-Best-Practices-Guide
The Best Practice Guide highlights exemplary work to meet the ESSA's educator equity requirements among the 34 state plans analyzed in fall 2017. The guide is designed to recognize and...

ESSA Educator Equity Analyses
https://www.nctq.org/publications/ESSA-Educator-Equity-Analyses
The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)'s analyses of states' plans for ensuring that low-income and minority students are not disproportionately taught by ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers under the...

How principals can change the culture around teacher evaluations
https://www.nctq.org/blog/How-principals-can-change-the-culture-around-teacher-evaluations
Imagine a test where the only grades a student could earn were A or A-. Envision an update to Yelp that allows customers to rate restaurants using only 4 or...

Not-so-strategic staffing
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Not--so--strategic-staffing
Like all of us, principals respond to performance pressures by seeking to alleviate them as quickly and simply as possible. Unfortunately, when it comes to the pressure to improve test...

New NCTQ Analysis of Landmark Performance Pay Law Finds Almost No Buy-In from School Districts
https://www.nctq.org/publications/New-NCTQ-Analysis-of-Landmark-Performance-Pay-Law-Finds-Almost-No-Buy--In-from-School-Districts
As a growing number of states across the nation look for ways to recognize and reward excellent teachers, a new study from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) reveals...

Florida Districts Fall Short In Implementing Performance Pay
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Florida-Districts-Fall-Short-In-Implementing-Performance-Pay
In 2011, Florida's legislature passed an ambitious performance pay policy that requires districts to pay their most effective teachers the district's highest annual salary awards. Recognizing the importance of this...

State ESSA plans on educator equity a real mixed bag
https://www.nctq.org/blog/State-ESSA-plans-on-educator-equity-a-real-mixed-bag-
There has been substantial media attention recently regarding states' Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans, much of which has focused on states' efforts to meet ESSA's accountability requirements. Here at...

The English teacher ripple effect
https://www.nctq.org/blog/The-English-teacher-ripple-effect
Even though I'm well launched into my professional career, I still keep in touch with my old high school English teacher. From my freshman year onward, she drove me to...

Filling the desks: Teachers make a difference
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Filling-the-desks:-Teachers-make-a-difference
For all our efforts to understand the science behind learning and effective instruction, it can be easy to forget the most basic prerequisite for school success: showing up.

NCTQ and TNTP Call on the Minnesota Court of Appeals to Reverse Lower Court & Allow Trial on Rights of Schoolchildren to Quality Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/NCTQ-and-TNTP-Call-on-the-Minnesota-Court-of-Appeals-to-Reverse-Lower-Court--Allow-Trial-on-Rights-of-Schoolchildren-to-Quality-Teachers
The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and TNTP submitted an amicus brief today in support of four Minnesota parents challenging the state's laws on teacher tenure, dismissal, and layoffs....

A Missed Opportunity for Performance Pay Research
https://www.nctq.org/blog/A-Missed-Opportunity-for-Performance-Pay-Research
How can we evaluate the effectiveness of pay-for-performance compensation systems if those systems are implemented only half-heartedly? That continues to be the prevailing question, as we review yet another expensive...

NCTQ Paper Finds Most Teachers Still Rated Effective Despite State Reforms
https://www.nctq.org/blog/NCTQ-Paper-Finds-Most-Teachers-Still-Rated-Effective-Despite-State-Reforms
I saw this headline in my clips and did a double take, wondering if The Onion had begun mocking education policy: "Teachers would have to demonstrate ability to teach under...

NCTQ to release new report on the effects of recent reforms of state teacher evaluation policies on teacher effectiveness ratings
https://www.nctq.org/publications/NCTQ-to-release-new-report-on-the-effects-of-recent-reforms-of-state-teacher-evaluation-policies-on-teacher-effectiveness-ratings
NCTQ will release a new report, Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises. The report examines teacher evaluation policies in the 30 states that...

Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Running-in-Place:-How-New-Teacher-Evaluations-Fail-to-Live-Up-to-Promises
Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises is part of the tenth annual publication in the State Teacher Policy Yearbook report series. This report...

BYOE: Build Your Own Evaluation
https://www.nctq.org/blog/BYOE:-Build-Your-Own-Evaluation-
Passing a good law and implementing it with fidelity are two very different tasks.Earlier this summer, Indiana University researchers took athorough look at that state's ground game on teacher evaluations—and...

Picking your data battles
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Picking-your-data-battles
Every great teacher knows that her grading practices need to be fair. And any good policymaker should know that teachers expect the same of their own performance evaluations.That's one of...

Academic vs. non-academic outcomes: a troubling trade-off
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Academic-vs.-non--academic-outcomes:-a-troubling-trade--off
Earlier this year, the Every StudentSucceeds Act (ESSA) launched "nonacademic factors" into the nationaldiscussion, as such factors can now be used as part of school accountabilitymetrics. As states explore which...

A fault in our measures? Evidence of bias in classroom observations may raise some familiar concerns
https://www.nctq.org/blog/A-fault-in-our-measures-Evidence-of-bias-in-classroom-observations-may-raise-some-familiar-concerns

March 2016: Observations
https://www.nctq.org/blog/March-2016:-Observations
Observations are an essential component of teacher evaluations that receive far lessattention than student growth, yet affect more teachers. This edition of Trendline looks athow often teachers are observed, for...

Teacher evaluations: shortsighted backpedalling or measured course correcting? A bit of both.
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Teacher-evaluations:-shortsighted-backpedalling-or-measured-course-correcting-A-bit-of-both.
With Congress having reauthorized the Elementary and SecondaryEducation Act earlier this year, there's been a lot of celebration from somecamps and hand wringing from others over the future of teacher...

Better evaluations, better teachers?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Better-evaluations,-better-teachers
As any district can attest, overhauling teacher evaluations represents a huge lift for all involved. The temptation to look for shortcuts is equally huge.

Pay Attention Everybody. DC's on a roll. 
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Pay Attention-Everybody.-DCs-on-a-roll. 
For eight years, the DC public schoolsystem has sought to transform itself into a high performing school district,in spite of a poverty rate just shy of 80 percent. Some...

N-VAMs: Teaching an old analysis framework new tricks
https://www.nctq.org/blog/N--VAMs:-Teaching-an-old-analysis-framework-new-tricks
We know teachers are more than just the sum of theirstudents' test scores. That's why teacher evaluations don't just look to VAMscores but also include observations—a measure which isn't actually...

2015 Exiting Ineffective Teachers State Policy
https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/national/Dismissal-for-Poor-Performance-73
See how states fared on our policy goals for dismissing teachers for poor performance in 2015.

2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook
https://www.nctq.org/publications/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...

November 2015: The role of student achievement and teacher performance in evaluations, compensation and dismissal
https://www.nctq.org/blog/November-2015:-The-role-of-student-achievement-and-teacher-performance-in-evaluations,-compensation-and-dismissal
This month, the Trendline takes a look at the role of student growth in evaluation ratings and how districts connect evaluation ratings with compensation and dismissal policies.

Doing something right in Dallas…
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Doing-something-right-in-Dallas
Results are in for the first full year of implementation of a new teacher evaluation system in Dallas, a system that the district claims to be "the most rigorous teacher...

Students see more than you think
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Students-see-more-than-you-think
In striving to achieve valid teacher evaluations, schools often overlook those who spend the most time observing teachers in action: students. As the 2013 MET study reported, student surveys are...

States’ Teacher Evaluation Policies Stay the Course
https://www.nctq.org/blog/States-Teacher-Evaluation-Policies-Stay-the-Course
NCTQ has been tracking teacher policy for a decade. Over these years, no policy has seen such dramatic transformation as teacher evaluation. It hasn't been an easy road for states....

State of the States 2015: Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning Press Release
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2015:-Evaluating-Teaching,-Leading-and-Learning-Press-Release
The National Council on Teacher Quality today released "State of the States 2015: Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning," which provides a lay of the land on state teacher and principal...

State of the States 2015: Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning
https://www.nctq.org/publications/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...

Give these teachers some shade
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Give-these-teachers-some-shade-
Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants. Justice Brandeis' famous dictum for disclosure may have a limit: the public release of teacher performance data.A new study from researchers...

March 2015: Teacher Evaluations
https://www.nctq.org/blog/March-2015:-Teacher-Evaluations
For this month's Trendline, we closely examine teacher evaluation policies in the largest districts across the country. Specifically, we take a look at the major components within evaluations, frequency and...

Hypothesis Testing…and testing…and testing
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Hypothesis-Testingand-testingand-testing
Do higher scoring students get assignedhigher value-added teachers? Maybe— but more work is needed to really tell.

Latest updates in Minneapolis, Granite and Bridgeport
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Latest-updates-in-Minneapolis,-Granite-and-Bridgeport
This month’s installment of Catching up on Contracts covers the new contracts in three districts in NCTQ’s Teacher Contract Database: Minneapolis Public Schools, Granite School District and ...

Contract round up: Sacramento, Baltimore County, Billings and Laramie
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Contract-round-up:-Sacramento,-Baltimore-County,-Billings-and-Laramie
This month’s installment covers the new contracts in Sacramento City Unified School District, Baltimore County Public Schools, Billings Public Schools and Laramie School District One (WY).

To use VAM or not to use VAM?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/To-use-VAM-or-not-to-use-VAM
The use of value-added models (VAM) toevaluate teachers and schools has never been short on critics, but this yearthe opposition has a few new leaders to rally behind. In April,...

Sensible, technical advice for school districts on incorporating student learning into teacher evals
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Sensible,-technical-advice-for-school-districts-on-incorporating-student-learning-into-teacher-evals
School leaders seeking to revamp theirteacher evaluation systems are biting into a meaty subject. Behind the very public questions of whom toevaluate and what to count is another layer most...

Worth their weight in gold
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Worth-their-weight-in-gold
We love this study for what it says aboutgreat teachers. People generally agree that an effectiveEnglish teacher may not make such a great Calculus teacher, or vice versa.While people...

Disconnected? Comparing principals’ values with value-added measures
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Disconnected-Comparing-principals-values-with-value--added-measures
As states work to implement new evaluation systems,the tenuous, if not ambiguous, relationship between value-added (VA) scores andprincipals' observations will need to get nailed down and better understood. Newresearch by...

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Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Pittsburgh Public Schools
https://www.nctq.org/publications/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...

Teacher Trendline: The Role of Teacher Performance in Evaluations, Pay and Layoffs
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Teacher-Trendline:-The-Role-of-Teacher-Performance-in-Evaluations,-Pay-and-Layoffs
In our monthly newsletter for school districts, we look at how districts are tying eval ratings, pay and layoffs to teacher performance.

Teacher Quality Roadmap Revisited: Checking in on Springfield, Massachusetts
https://www.nctq.org/publications/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...

State of the States 2013- Connecting the Dots: Using Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness to Inform Policy and Practice
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2013---Connecting-the-Dots:-Using-Evaluations-of-Teacher-Effectiveness-to-Inform-Policy-and-Practice
The National Council on Teacher Quality today releasedConnecting the Dots: Using Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness to Inform Policy and Practice,which provides a lay of the land on state teacher evaluation...

State of the States 2013 Connect the Dots: Using Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness to Inform Policy and Practice
https://www.nctq.org/publications/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...

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Dayton Public Schools
https://www.nctq.org/publications/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...

Bumping HR: Giving Principals More Say Over Staffing Press Release
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Bumping-HR:-Giving-Principals-More-Say-Over-Staffing-Press-Release

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in the School District of Philadelphia
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Teacher-Quality-Roadmap:-Improving-Policies-and-Practices-in-the-School-District-of-Philadelphia
This report examines teacher quality policies and practices in the School District of Philadelphia and provides Philadelphia with a tailored analysis of the teacher policy areas most in need of...

Teacher preparation program student performance data models: Six core design principles
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Teacher-preparation-program-student-performance-data-models:-Six-core-design-principles
At the intersection of policy pushes to assess teacher effectiveness and to improve accountability systems for teacher preparation programs lie state efforts to connect student achievement data to preparation programs....

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in Oakland
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Teacher-Quality-Roadmap:-Improving-Policies-and-Practices-in-Oakland
This study looks at the policies and practices shaping teacher quality in the Oakland Unified School District. It is part of a series of analyses by the National Council on...

Tr3 Trends: Who's Evaluating Teachers?
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Tr3-Trends:-Whos-Evaluating-Teachers
This month we see which districts are moving away from using principals as the sole evaluators of teachers. Specifically, we look at who is using peers, 3rd party observers and...

State of the States 2012: Teacher Effectiveness Policies - Area 3: Identifying Effective Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2012:-Teacher-Effectiveness-Policies----Area-3:-Identifying-Effective-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: Making Effectiveness Matter - Area 5: Exiting Ineffective Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2012:-Making-Effectiveness-Matter----Area-5:-Exiting-Ineffective-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...

Tr3 Trends: Counting what counts
https://www.nctq.org/blog/Tr3-Trends:-Counting-what-counts
This month we look at changes in how teacher performance is evaluated and factored into pay and layoff decisions. Much of the shift on these issues has been driven...

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...

What Teacher Preparation Programs Teach about K-12 Assessment: A review
https://www.nctq.org/publications/What-Teacher-Preparation-Programs-Teach-about-K--12-Assessment:-A-review
This report provides information on the preparation provided to teacher candidates from teacher training programs so that they can fully use assessment data to improve classroom instruction.

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...

State of the States 2012: Cultivating an Effective Teacher Workforce - Area 4: Retaining Effective Teachers; NCTQ State Teacher Policy Yearbook Brief
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States-2012:-Cultivating-an-Effective-Teacher-Workforce----Area-4:-Retaining-Effective-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...

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Teacher-Quality-Roadmap:-Improving-Policies-and-Practices-in-the-Miami--Dade-County-Public-Schools
This study looks at the policies and practices shaping teacher quality in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). It is part of a series of analyses by the National Council on...

State of the States: Trends and Early Lessons on Teacher Evaluation and Effectiveness Policies
https://www.nctq.org/publications/State-of-the-States:-Trends-and-Early-Lessons-on-Teacher-Evaluation-and-Effectiveness-Policies
A current picture of the teacher evaluation policy landscape, including in-depth analysis of states with some of the most ambitious policies and early observations of the challenges states face.

Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in LAUSD
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Teacher-Quality-Roadmap:-Improving-Policies-and-Practices-in-LAUSD
Designed as a tool to highlight what is and is not working in our local schools, the report compares LAUSD's policies with both surrounding districts and similar districts around the...

Recommendations for the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Removing the Roadblocks: How Federal Policy Can Cultivate Effective Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Recommendations-for-the-Reauthorization-of-the-Elementary-and-Secondary-Education-Act.-Removing-the-Roadblocks:-How-Federal-Policy-Can-Cultivate-Effective-Teachers
Joining the chorus of advocates calling for moving from highly qualified to highly effective teachers, NCTQ offers recommendations for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) so...

Restructuring Teacher Pay To Reward Excellence
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Restructuring-Teacher-Pay-To-Reward-Excellence
This paper illustrates ways districts can rethink their teacher payrolls and salary schedules to find innovative ways to reward teacher excellence, absent additional funds.

Teacher-Quality Checklist for School Districts
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Teacher--Quality-Checklist-for-School-Districts
Many districts struggle with multiple and often incompatible data systems for tracking payroll, collecting teacher evaluations, recruiting and hiring. Aligning these systems and annually assessing where your district stands is...

Navigating the Race to the Top Traffic Jam
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Navigating-the-Race-to-the-Top-Traffic-Jam
NCTQ has reviewed the "Great Teachers and Leaders" section of the 16 finalists' Race to the Top proposals. See our take on which applications are a "go," in which instances...

Human Capital in Boston Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop and Retain Effective Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Human-Capital-in-Boston-Public-Schools:-Rethinking-How-to-Attract,-Develop-and-Retain-Effective-Teachers
A report on Boston Public School policies that have an impact on teacher quality, concluding that while the district has many smart, strategic policies already in place, improving teacher rules...

Bumping HR: Giving Principals More Say Over Staffing
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Bumping-HR:-Giving-Principals-More-Say-Over-Staffing
In too many school districts, principals have little say over which teachers work in their buildings. NCTQ's new policy brief explores the staffing policies in 101 school districts and points...

Teacher Layoffs: Rethinking "Last-Hired, First-Fired" Policies
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Teacher-Layoffs:-Rethinking-Last--Hired,-First--Fired-Policies
In this paper, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) taps into its TR3 (Teacher Rules, Roles and Rights; www.nctq.org/tr3) database to examine district policies, some mandated by state law,...

IMPACT: The District of Columbia Public Schools Effectiveness Assessment System for School-Based Personnel 2010-2011
https://www.nctq.org/publications/IMPACT:-The-District-of-Columbia-Public-Schools-Effectiveness-Assessment-System-for-School--Based-Personnel-2010--2011
Recognizing the importance of ensuring that talented and committed individuals are serving all of our students, DCPS developed IMPACT, our system for assessing the performance of teachers and other school-based...

2009 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: National Summary
https://www.nctq.org/publications/2009-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...

Race to the Top: Colorado may be used to high altitudes, but can it compete in Race to the Top?
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Race-to-the-Top:-Colorado-may-be-used-to-high-altitudes,-but-can-it-compete-in-Race-to-the-Top
NCTQ's advice to states on what they can do to improve their shot at getting a portion of the $4.35 billion in Race to the Top funds.

Human Capital in Hartford Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop, and Retain Effective Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Human-Capital-in-Hartford-Public-Schools:-Rethinking-How-to-Attract,-Develop,-and-Retain-Effective-Teachers
This report, which examines the alignment of Hartford's teacher policies with its goals for improving teacher quality, represents the first in a number of similar analyses which NCTQ is undertaking...

2008 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: What States Can Do To Retain Effective New Teachers - National Summary
https://www.nctq.org/publications/2008-State-Teacher-Policy-Yearbook:-What-States-Can-Do-To-Retain-Effective-New-Teachers----National-Summary
The 2008 edition of the State Teacher Policy Yearbook provides an in-depth analysis of a critical piece of the teacher quality puzzle: the retention of effective new teachers.

A Race to the Top Scorecard
https://www.nctq.org/publications/A-Race-to-the-Top-Scorecard
States may no longer be working on their Race to the Top applications, but NCTQ's scorecard is a great way to assess states' human capital policies. Covering areas like pathways...

2007 State Teacher Policy Yearbook: National Summary
https://www.nctq.org/publications/2007-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...

Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers: Background report for the United States
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Attracting,-Developing-and-Retaining-Effective-Teachers:-Background-report-for-the-United-States
The focus of the country background reports is on the aspects of teacher policy that deal with how to attract, recruit, develop, and retain effective teachers. The report has the...

Increasing the Odds: How Good Policies Can Yield Better Teachers
https://www.nctq.org/publications/Increasing-the-Odds:-How-Good-Policies-Can-Yield-Better-Teachers
This booklet from the National Council on Teacher Quality summarizes briefly what the research says about the attributes of an effective teacher. NCTQ has combed through the research, good and...

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...

District Dismissal Policies
http://www.nctq.org/contract-database/report?reportId=111
Explore district-level data on teacher dismissal from NCTQ's Teacher Contract Database