About the Database
The NCTQ State Teacher Policy Database provides access to information on state policies, laws, and regulations that impact teacher quality—ranging from teacher preparation, licensing, and evaluation to compensation, teacher diversity, and hiring and assignment. This unique database brings together data and analysis from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
This policy information is collected and updated on a regular basis, drawing from state laws, administrative code, Board of Education documents, and other public sources. State education agencies have the opportunity to review and provide feedback to all data and analysis prior to publication.
Work with Stakeholders
Identify key teacher policy topics based on the latest research from the field on what policies have the most significant impact on teacher quality and student learning.
Customize and validate teacher policy goals through engaging with external experts and practitioners.
Collect and Validate Data
Collect and review data from state education agencies, state laws and regulations, and state school board policies.
Share data and analysis with state education agencies for review and feedback.
Analyze Data to Inform Decisions
Generate national summaries and in-depth state analyses by topic area, reviewing trends within and across states over time.
Identify best practices and share policy exemplars and analyses with state policymakers and advocates.
Read more about our findings
State of the States 2022: Teacher and Principal Evaluation Policies
Results of the 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress reveal alarming results: Since 2019, scores declined substantially for all students, while disparities widened for students already most affected by opportunity gaps. As districts and states...
State of the States 2022: Teacher Compensation Strategies
Salaries are one of the most powerful policy levers states and school districts can use to attract qualified, effective, and diverse teachers. However, strategic pay remains underutilized as a tool to attract teachers to the...
State of the States 2021: State Reporting of Teacher Supply and Demand Data
What data do states collect and report on the teacher labor market? Do states connect data on supply and demand to better understand and address teacher shortages? Explore state policies in this new NCTQ report.