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

    2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook


    The 2015 State Teacher Policy Yearbook is our ninth annual Yearbook report. Comprised of a National Summary and State-specific reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this 52 volume Yearbook provides a 360-degree analysis of every state law, rule and regulation that shapes the teaching profession—from teacher preparation, licensing and evaluation to compensation, professional development and dismissal policy.

    Download the full National Summary here. To read the Press Release for the National Summary or for a specific state, please visit our newsroom here

    State of the States 2015: Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning


    This report presents the most comprehensive and up-to-date policy trends on how states are evaluating teachers. It also breaks new ground by providing a look at the policy landscape on principal effectiveness. Finally, this report examines state efforts to connect the dots – that is, use the results of evaluations to better inform practice and make decisions of consequence for teachers in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    See below for state summaries and recommendations.

    State-by-State Summary

    In December 2015, NCTQ released a new comprehensive edition of the Yearbook, including all aspects of state teacher policy. Get info across all 50 states and DC on what states are doing to support effective teaching.
  • 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

    This month, we take a look at how much leave time teachers receive each year and what policies school districts use to incentivize higher teacher attendance.

  • Teacher Prep 2014 Program Rankings  

    Teacher Prep Resources

    We are very grateful to be able to post as resources exemplar materials from teacher preparation programs across the country.


    Our Approach

    There's widespread public interest in strengthening teacher preparation — but there's a significant data gap on what's working. We aim to fill this gap.


    Learning About Learning: What Every New Teacher Needs to Know


    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: 09/29/2016

    This month, we take a look at how much leave time teachers receive each year and what policies school districts use to incentivize higher teacher attendance.


  • 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. 

  • LAST UPDATED: 10/13/2016

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