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

    Backing the Wrong Horse: The Story of One State's Ambitious But Disheartening Foray Into Performance Pay

    August/2017

    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 series. This study shows how 16 out of a sample of 18 Florida districts are continuing to pay higher salary awards to teachers who earn graduate degrees than teachers whose performance stands out, despite a 2011 Florida law which mandates that Florida school districts provide the highest salary awards available to teachers who are rated "Highly Effective".
     

    ESSA Educator Equity Analyses

    June/2017

    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 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) are designed to support states in ensuring that all students have access to excellent teachers. Each state-specific analysis recognizes notable "strengths," or areas where a state's work is laudable, as well as "opportunities," or areas where improvement is necessary to meet the spirit and letter of the ESSA's educator equity requirements. 

    Our ESSA Educator Equity Best Practices Guide shines a spotlight on particularly noteworthy policies in the state plans we evaluated to meet ESSA's educator equity requirements. This guide can also serve as a useful support to all states, including the 34 states that are currently developing their state plans for submission in September 2017.

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  • 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 145 of the largest school districts across the country.

     

    The NCTQ Teacher Trendline

    Every year, shifts in school enrollment, programs, or other factors require schools to transfer some teachers out of their current position at a school. But how do those teachers find a new position -- and what happens to the teachers who can't? Let's take a look at what happens in districts across the country when teachers have to transfer schools.
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  • Teacher Prep Compare teacher prep programs across the nation  

    Landscape in Teacher Preparation: Undergraduate Secondary Education

    May 2017

    High school represents an amazing opportunity for students and their teachers. For most Americans, the high school years played a pivotal role in shaping what they know about subjects such as U.S. history, world history, literature, geometry and biology. For many, the high school years provide one of the last opportunities to gain valuable life-enhancing insights, for example, reading a classic novel such as To Kill a Mockingbird; discovering what happened during historical events such as the French Revolution and the transformation of African nations through colonization and decolonization; learning about scientific theories that go beyond the students' own experience, ranging from nanotechnology to relativity; and understanding how numbers interact to form the backbone of the universe.

    Even Americans who continue on to college will focus their coursework on one or two majors, and therefore, as adults, they will rely on their high school education for knowledge about most other academic subjects.

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    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: 08/03/2017

    Every year, shifts in school enrollment, programs, or other factors require schools to transfer some teachers out of their current position at a school. But how do those teachers find a new position -- and what happens to the teachers who can't? Let's take a look at what happens in districts across the country when teachers have to transfer schools.
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  • LAST UPDATED: 08/10/2017

    Among the biggest surprises NCTQ encountered in researching our December 2016 Landscape in Teacher Preparation – Undergraduate Elementary were the substantial improvements in coursework aimed at teaching elementary teachers how to teach reading.

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  • LAST UPDATED: 07/13/2017

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