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Putman, Hannah; Walsh, Kate – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2019
Each year a significant number of aspiring elementary teachers, having successfully completed their formal preparation, are still unable to become licensed professionals. That's because an alarming number of candidates fail their licensing tests, far surpassing the failure rate for other professions' entry tests, bar exams, and boards. The fact…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Diversity (Faculty), Teacher Education Programs, Minority Group Students
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
Rickenbrode, Robert; Drake, Graham; Pomerance, Laura; Walsh, Kate – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2018
The "2018 Teacher Prep Review" examines the results of rating 567 traditional graduate programs, 129 alternative route programs, and 18 residencies preparing both elementary and secondary teachers. The Review includes recommendations for programs to make changes to improve the quality of teachers entering the profession and highlights…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Graduate Study, Alternative Teacher Certification, Elementary Secondary Education
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2018
Deciding under what circumstances teachers are laid off during a reduction in force or dismissed will always be a tightrope. Teachers deserve a fair process and one that respects their contributions to a school district, just as every student deserves competent teachers. This NCTQ Databurst looks at how states approach these two tough issues,…
Descriptors: Job Layoff, Teacher Dismissal, State Policy, Teacher Effectiveness
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2018
This study examines all 50 states' and the District of Columbia's requirements regarding the science of reading for elementary and special education teacher candidates.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
Putnam, Hannah; Ross, Elizabeth; Walsh, Kate – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2018
The past decade has been marked by rapid changes in teacher evaluations. While many districts and states announced their intention to install better systems, they faced political and structural challenges. In this study, [National Council on Teacher Quality] NCTQ examines evidence of the impact of teacher evaluation in six places (four districts…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Program Effectiveness, School Districts
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2018
A great deal of attention has been given to the learning loss that can take place under brand new teachers, but there is a growing body of research that shows moving teachers between grade levels, or "grade switching," can actually be harmful to student achievement, too. While grade switching is a common practice for many reasons (about…
Descriptors: Instructional Program Divisions, Teacher Distribution, Program Effectiveness, At Risk Students
Lubell, Sam; Drake, Graham; Putman, Hannah; Rickenbrode, Robert – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2017
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…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching
Pomerance, Laura; Greenberg, Julie; Walsh, Kate – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2016
Every year about 190,000 teacher candidates graduate from traditional teacher preparation programs believing they are ready to begin the relentlessly demanding career of teaching. Each of these aspiring teachers will have taken at least one education psychology course or instructional methods course (usually both) designed to teach them how…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education, Textbooks, Textbook Evaluation
Lubell, Sam; Putman, Hannah – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2016
The National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ's) 2016 "Landscape in Teacher Preparation" has examined 875 traditional undergraduate programs that prepare elementary school teachers, finding widely variable levels of quality. Some programs prepare teachers whom parents would love to see in front of their child's classroom. Too many…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Program Effectiveness
Walsh, Kate; Joseph, Nithya; Lewis, Autumn – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2016
Parents sometimes worry that their child's teacher may not be able to manage the classroom, may not be able to inspire students to reach higher levels of learning, or simply may not be up to the job. The responsibility for these worries often falls on a state's teacher preparation programs, so it is crucial that the programs admit only the best…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Admission Criteria, Standards, State Policy
Greenberg, Julie; Walsh, Kate; McKee, Arthur – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2015
Ever so slowly, the United States is taking a harder look at how its teacher preparation schools are improving the quality of the teachers they produce. The signs are everywhere--from proposed federal action to state legislatures and school boards passing new oversight laws and regulations, to a newly marshaled push for stronger accreditation by…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Program Evaluation, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness
Doherty, Kathryn M.; Jacobs, Sandi; Lueken, Martin F. – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2015
Challenging the claims of pension boards and other groups about the cost-effectiveness, fairness and flexibility of the traditional defined benefit pension plans still in place in 38 states, this report includes a report card on each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with a detailed analysis of state teacher pension policies, and…
Descriptors: Teacher Retirement, Retirement Benefits, Geographic Location, Eligibility
Greenberg, Julie; Dugan, Natalie – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2015
This brief quantifies the fundamentally chaotic nature of elementary teacher preparation for initial certification, which is by far the most popular choice of individuals who consider teaching. In order to understand the different approaches taken by programs housed on the same university campus, researchers examined 13 institutions that offer…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Graduate Study, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
Doherty, Kathryn M.; Jacobs, Sandi – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2015
The country is at a crossroads in implementing measures of educator effectiveness in K-12 classrooms. While the vast majority of states require student growth and achievement to be factored into teacher and principal evaluations, most states and school districts are now grappling with the practical realities of implementing these policies. In this…
Descriptors: State Policy, State Standards, Teacher Evaluation, Trend Analysis
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