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NCTQ & TNTP Ask MN Court of Appeals to Hear Case on How Ineffective Teachers Violate Students' Rights
New Study: U.S. Teacher Pension Debt Eclipses a Half Trillion Dollars; States Not Confronting Pension Crisis
February/2017This 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:
District of Columbia
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Check out our most recent research projects at school districts around the country, including Dayton, Philadelphia and Oakland.
Compare teacher prep programs across the nation
Programs made genuine progress since 2014, especially in training for teaching reading.
January 2016To 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."
Search 2016 Teacher Prep Review Findings
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.
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.
LAST UPDATED: 03/16/2017
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