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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
    Idaho
    Illinois
    Indiana
    Iowa
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    Kentucky
    Louisiana 
    Maine
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
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    Pennsylvania 
    Rhode Island 
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
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    Utah 
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    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

    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 any evaluation system: how many ratings exist and what components make up a teacher's evaluation.
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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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  • LAST UPDATED: 03/28/2017

    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 any evaluation system: how many ratings exist and what components make up a teacher's evaluation.
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  • LAST UPDATED: 04/20/2017

    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 courses (biology, history, government, etc.) regardless of where they live.

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  • LAST UPDATED: 03/16/2017

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