2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook

Click below to view our new 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook, the nation's most in-depth examination of states' rules and regulations to support teacher quality. 

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Highlights of our work

Training + Recruitment

States Can Insist Prep Programs Take Steps to Make Student Teaching More Effective

Jul 6 2017

When done right, student teaching can be a tremendous learning experience as teacher candidates observe an outstanding teacher and then...

Teacher Prep Review: Undergraduate Secondary Education

May 1 2017

High school represents an amazing opportunity for students and their teachers. For most Americans, the high school years played a...

Teacher Prep Review: Undergraduate Elementary Education

Dec 1 2016

NCTQ's 2016 Landscape in Teacher Preparation has examined 875 traditional undergraduate programs that prepare elementary school teachers, finding widely variable...

Staffing

NCTQ Clears Up Latest "Crisis" in Teaching: An Accurate Look at Teacher Turnover Data

Sep 25 2017

The buzz around a "national" teacher shortage has gained a lot of steam, despite some pretty compelling national data suggesting...

High Hopes and Harsh Realities: The real challenges to building a diverse workforce

Aug 1 2016

Public schools are suffering from a well-publicized diversity problem. Students of color make up nearly half of all public school...

Roll Call: The importance of teacher attendance

Jun 1 2014

This report breaks down teacher attendance for 40 districts in the nation's largest cities in the 2012-2013 school year. We...

Evaluation + Support

Fall 2017 ESSA Educator Equity Best Practices Guide

Nov 1 2017

The Best Practice Guide highlights exemplary work to meet the ESSA's educator equity requirements among the 34 state plans analyzed...

How principals can change the culture around teacher evaluations

Oct 19 2017

Imagine a test where the only grades a student could earn were A or A-. Envision an update to Yelp...

Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises

Jan 1 2017

Running in Place: How New Teacher Evaluations Fail to Live Up to Promises is part of the tenth annual publication...

Compensation

Can teachers afford a place to call home?

Oct 19 2017

Permit me to draw my inspiration from scripture, referencing the basic human needs of clothes on our backs, food to...

October 2017: Does low pay shut teachers out of the housing market?

Oct 17 2017

Teacher salaries are always in the news, but in the last few months we've noticed that housing affordability for teachers...

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

Aug 1 2017

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