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

    ESSA Educator Equity Analyses

    November/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 Guides shine a spotlight on particularly noteworthy policies in the state plans we evaluated to meet ESSA's educator equity requirements. 

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    NCTQ to Release Reviews of 17 State Plans to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    /2017

    NCTQ has reviewed all 17 currently released state plans to implement ESSA. On June 8th, NCTQ will release analyses of each state plan's work to meet ESSA's educator equity requirements. NCTQ will also release an ESSA Educator Equity Best Practices Guide that highlights promising definitions, data, timelines and interim targets, and strategies that states are proposing to meet ESSA's educator equity requirements.
     

    NCTQ and TNTP Call on the Minnesota Court of Appeals to Reverse Lower Court & Allow Trial on Rights of Schoolchildren to Quality Teachers

    /2017

    The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and TNTP submitted an amicus brief today in support of four Minnesota parents challenging the state's laws on teacher tenure, dismissal, and layoffs. In the case, Forslund v. Minnesota, the parents argue that the state violated their children's constitutional rights when they were assigned to chronically ineffective teachers because of these laws.
     
  • 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

    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 Today, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released new ratings for 875 undergraduate elementary teacher preparation programs. The latest Teacher Prep Review found evidence that the nation's top programs--those that graduate teachers well versed in both evidence-based content and methods of teaching--are not all the nation's best known elite universities, but include Purdue University, Louisiana Tech University, Texas A&M University, Taylor University (IN), and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
     

    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: 10/17/2017

    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: 11/02/2017

    This second part of our book recommendations focuses on books that help teachers learn about how to teach students to read and books on the big picture--international comparisons and efforts to improve education generally.
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  • LAST UPDATED: 10/19/2017

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