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  • State Policy See how the states are shaping up on the policies that affect teachers  

    Lifting the Pension Fog: What teachers and taxpayers need to know about the teacher pension crisis

    February/2017

    This report, Lifting the Pension Fog: What teachers and taxpayers need to know about the teacher pension crisis, evaluates state teacher pension policies, and includes policy profiles and tailored recommendations for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Pensions remain a vexing public policy issue with direct implications for attracting and retaining a high-quality teacher workforce. This report, by NCTQ and EducationCounsel, examines the sustainability, flexibility, and fairness of each state's current teacher pension policies, while also examining pension policy transparency.

    See here for the report's Executive Summary.

    See below for state-by-state findings:
    Alabama
    Alaska
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    California
    Colorado
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    District of Columbia
    Florida
    Georgia
    Hawaii
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    Nevada
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    Pennsylvania 
    Rhode Island 
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas 
    Utah 
    Vermont
    Virginia 
    Washington
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin
    Wyoming
     

    Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises

    January/2017

    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 finds that within the 30 states that require student learning measures to be at least a significant factor in teacher evaluations, state guidance and rules in most states allow teachers to be rated effective even if they receive low scores on the student learning component of the evaluation.
    Recommendations for how states can address this challenge are also included in the report.

    See below for state-by-state findings:
    Alabama
    Alaska
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    California
    Colorado
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    District of Columbia
    Florida 
    Georgia
    Hawaii
    Idaho 
    Illinois
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Kansas
    Kentucky
    Louisiana 
    Maine
    Maryland 
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri 
    Montana
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma 
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina 
    South Dakota 
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Utah
    Vermont 
    Virginia
    Washington
    West Virginia 
    Wisconsin
    Wyoming
     
  • District Policy Get the inside scoop on district contracts and policies across the country  

    District Studies

    Check out our most recent research projects at school districts around the country, including Dayton, Philadelphia and Oakland.

     

    NCTQ Teacher Contract Database

    Explore and compare collective bargaining agreements for more than 120 of the largest school districts across the country.

     

    The NCTQ Teacher Trendline

    Over the last year, the Teacher Contract Database has been growing. Learn more about how this will impact the Teacher Trendline in January's post.



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  • Teacher Prep Compare teacher prep programs across the nation  

    NCTQ Releases New Ratings of Elementary Teacher Prep Programs

    Dec 2016

    Programs made genuine progress since 2014, especially in training for teaching reading.
     

    Learning About Learning: What Every New Teacher Needs to Know

    January 2016

    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 our next generation of teachers with the fundamental knowledge they need to make learning "stick."


     

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Commentary

  • LAST UPDATED: 01/26/2017

    Over the last year, the Teacher Contract Database has been growing. Learn more about how this will impact the Teacher Trendline in January's post.



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  • LAST UPDATED: 07/21/2015

    The latest contract and policy changes from the districts in our Teacher Contract Database. In this edition, we travel to Southern California and look at contract changes in Los Angeles and San Diego. 
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  • LAST UPDATED: 02/09/2017

    Get even more NCTQ commentary and education research summaries! Check out the previous edition of the Teacher Quality Bulletin.



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