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National Council on Teacher Quality, 2023
Up until 2020, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading scores had increased only slightly since the early 1990s with large achievement gaps for students of color and students living in poverty. Modest gains in fourth grade reading proficiency since 1992 were erased during the pandemic. The insufficient progress in reading even…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Scores
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2023
Years of cognitive research has shown background knowledge in key subject areas, like science and social studies, is essential to reading comprehension, helping students not only understand the meaning of a text, but also interpret new words and ideas. Failing to provide the opportunity to learn to read has devastating effects on children and…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Reading Comprehension, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness
Levitan, Shayna; Holston, Shannon; Walsh, Kate – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2022
When Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act in 2015, it intended to send a strong signal: any further encroachment of federal authority on the nation's K-12 schools needed to end. Compared to its more prescriptive predecessor in 2000, known as No Child Left Behind, the new law, dubbed "ESSA" for the Every Student…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Equal Education
Walsh, Kate; Drake, Graham; Holston, Shannon – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2022
Improving instruction in elementary mathematics is critical to supporting better academic and life outcomes for our students. While weak elementary math instruction is not a new challenge, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have exacerbated the issue. Many states have reported that students have lost more learning in math than in reading over the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Teacher Education Programs, Time
Saenz-Armstrong, Patricia – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2022
Salaries are one of the most powerful policy levers states and school districts can use to attract qualified, effective, and diverse teachers. What role do states play in supporting strategic use of salaries? This report examines the state teacher compensation policies that influence districts' potential strategic use of teacher pay. It analyzes…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Teacher Salaries, Compensation (Remuneration)
Swisher, Abigail; Saenz-Armstrong, Patricia – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2022
Strong teacher and principal evaluation systems have the potential to help teachers and principals improve their practice, to exit teachers who are perennially ineffective, to retain teachers who are effective and learn from them, and to increase the overall quality of a district's teacher workforce. As states respond to widespread concerns (both…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Administrator Evaluation, Principals, Educational Policy
Saenz-Armstrong, Patricia – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2022
Over the last couple of years, we have seen increased concerns about the teacher workforce and intensified news reporting describing teacher shortages. In response, many states have enacted policies largely in the absence of data on the precise nature of their staffing challenges, such as lowering standards across the board for entry into…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Data Collection, Labor Force, Faculty Mobility
Drake, Graham; Ellis, Christie; Moorer, Amber; Walsh, Kate – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2021
New to the "Teacher Prep Review" in 2021 is a standard measuring the contributions teacher preparation programs make to the diversity of their state's and local community's teacher workforce. Formerly titled Selection Criteria, the Admissions standard has been a part of the "Teacher Prep Review" since its inception in 2013.…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Student Diversity, Preservice Teachers, Enrollment
Putman, Hannah; Walsh, Kate – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2021
Building a strong, diverse teacher workforce in sufficient numbers requires understanding of the points along the pathway into the teaching profession where aspiring teachers are most likely lost. Currently, policymakers, state education agencies, and teacher prep programs have limited insight into the obstacles along this pathway, largely due to…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Teacher Characteristics, Minority Group Teachers, Teacher Certification
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2021
With the significant infusion of dollars now available to both states and school districts, we have a unique opportunity to finally reduce high rates of illiteracy, particularly in populations which have been traditionally underserved by an inequitable system of education. Instead of a third of all children entering 4th grade still unable to read…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Literacy, Federal Aid, Early Childhood Education
Saenz-Armstrong, Patricia – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2021
For any labor market to function properly, clear information is needed to guide decision making; its absence invariably leads to less than optimal decisions and inefficiencies. While the broader labor market is riddled with imperfect information, the teacher labor market is particularly vulnerable--largely for the lack of the most basic…
Descriptors: Teacher Supply and Demand, Teacher Shortage, Decision Making, State Departments of Education
Putman, H.; Walsh, K. – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2021
Most states continue to lack a comprehensive set of policies to improve teacher knowledge of evidence-based early reading methods. This excerpt from NCTQ's "State of the States 2021: Teacher Preparation Policy" examines state policy trends that govern requirements for early reading instruction knowledge in teacher preparation and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Early Childhood Teachers, Special Education Teachers, State Policy
Putman, Hannah; Walsh, Kate – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2021
Children across the country face unprecedented levels of missed instruction as a result of the pandemic. As millions of students and teachers continue remote learning, experiment with hybrid models, and ultimately return to their classrooms, the nation has a greater need than ever for teachers who have the skills to address the challenges ahead.…
Descriptors: Pandemics, COVID-19, Equal Education, Social Differences
Drake, Graham; Wash, Kate – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2020
New data and analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality finds significant progress on the science of reading instruction in teacher preparation. For the first time since NCTQ began publishing program ratings in its 2013 Teacher Prep Review, the number of programs in the nation to embrace reading science has crossed the halfway mark,…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Reading Instruction, Program Evaluation, Undergraduate Study
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2020
All but four states in the nation now permit teachers to come into the profession through an "alternate route," compared to only a few 30 years ago. Alternate routes into the classroom have grown so acceptable that about one in five teachers now enters the profession through one of these programs, which offer some real benefits to the…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, State Standards, Admission Criteria, Teacher Competency Testing
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