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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
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
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
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
Pomerance, Laura; Walsh, Kate – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2020
While teachers continue to learn and grow as they gain experience, the foundation for their skills is provided by their initial teacher education program. And of all the parts of teacher education, none is more important than clinical practice. In general, the field of education has long recognized and championed the importance of practice. A 2010…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Teacher Education Programs, Experiential Learning, Teacher Effectiveness
Goldenberg, Claude; Glaser, Deborah R.; Kame'enui, Edward J.; Butler, Kelly; Diamond, Linda; Moats, Louisa; Spear-Swerling, Louise; Goldberg, Margaret; Grimes, Sally C. – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2020
Learning how to read is not something that comes naturally. Many children need instruction from their teachers that follows the research on the most effective and efficient methods of teaching reading (often referred to as the "science of reading"). The path to literacy is supported by many actors, but states have a role in these four…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Teachers, State Government
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2019
A significant number of teachers move from one state to another each year. State policies can make it difficult for public school teachers to qualify to teach in another state. From a teacher's perspective, meeting another state's licensure requirements can feel bureaucratic and time-consuming. State requirements for out-of-state teachers enable…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, State Standards, State Policy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2019
More states are recognizing the importance of leadership roles for teachers, signaling that state policy is reflecting teachers' voices. Thirty-five states now have formal teacher leadership policies, with a net of eight additional states adopting formal teacher leadership policies in the past two years. Even though the implementation of any…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Role, State Policy, School Districts
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2019
This report is the first in a series by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) that examines the current status of states' teacher policies. Updated on a two-year cycle, each will cover a specific area of teacher policy. This report focuses on state teacher policies governing what states require in evaluations of both teachers and…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Administrator Evaluation, Principals, Educational Policy
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2019
Programs that prepare elementary teachers have a daunting responsibility -- they are readying the people who will teach children reading and numeracy, build a foundation in STEM and social studies subjects, all while providing many children's first introduction to formal schooling. By rising to this challenge, programs may also help a more diverse…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2019
Prospective teacher candidates should make informed decisions about which teacher preparation programs are likely to best prepare them to succeed on their licensure tests and in the classroom. However, too few states publish data that demonstrate whether specific teacher preparation programs are adequately preparing teacher candidates for their…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Elementary School Teachers
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