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Shannon Holston – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2024
State education leaders across the country are rightly prioritizing efforts to improve elementary student reading outcomes. However, too often these initiatives do not focus enough on the key component to strong implementation and long-term sustainability: effective teachers. Only when state leaders implement a literacy strategy that prioritizes…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Evidence Based Practice, State Policy, State Action
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2024
For states to succeed in their efforts to improve reading instruction, they must ensure teachers are prepared to implement and sustain scientifically based reading instruction. The states most successful in leveraging policy to improve reading outcomes for students have taken a cohesive and comprehensive approach focused on improving teachers'…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Instructional Improvement, State Policy, State Action
Hannah Putman; Christie Ellis; Ron Noble; Heather Peske – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2024
Creating a strong clinical practice experience for every teacher at scale requires that three core actors--prep programs, school districts, and states--work together. This framework sets out the six focus areas of clinical practice backed by research and supported by the field as the most important to build a quality clinical practice experience.…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Experiential Learning, Student Experience, Teacher Educators
Hannah Putman – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2024
Licensure tests should be an efficient and comprehensive way for policymakers to ensure that all teachers possess the basic knowledge and skills they need to effectively teach students to read. Yet more than half of states use a weak licensure test that fails to adequately measure elementary teachers' knowledge of scientifically-based reading…
Descriptors: Licensing Examinations (Professions), State Standards, Reading Instruction, Educational Quality
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2024
This literature review, aligned to National Council on Teacher Quality's (NCTQ) Clinical Practice Framework, explores various components of clinical practice and how they affect a range of outcomes, including aspiring teachers' feelings of preparedness, their entry into teaching, their retention in the classroom, and perhaps most importantly,…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Experiential Learning, Student Experience, Teacher Educators
National Council on Teacher Quality, 2024
Clinical practice opportunities are critical elements of teacher preparation. However, the landscape is extensive, encompassing an ever-growing variety of preparation models, from centuries-old traditional student teaching to newly minted registered apprenticeships. The purpose of this paper is to create a clinical practice lexicon for the…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Experiential Learning, Student Experience, Teacher Educators
Swisher, Abigail – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2023
Teachers of color have a positive impact on all students and make a particularly pronounced difference in the lives of students of color. For students of color, having a teacher of color can increase academic achievement and advanced course-taking, reduce discipline incidents, improve attendance, increase high school graduation and college-going,…
Descriptors: State Policy, Teacher Selection, Minority Group Teachers, Diversity (Faculty)
Ellis, Christie; Holston, Shannon; Drake, Graham; Putman, Hannah; Swisher, A.; Peske, Heather – National Council on Teacher Quality, 2023
The purpose of the Teacher Prep Review is to guarantee teachers have expertise in reading instruction (as well as other essential areas NCTQ assesses) before being trusted to teach children to read. By regularly reviewing the reading coursework provided by nearly 700 elementary teacher preparation programs, the National Council on Teacher Quality…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Reading Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy Education
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
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
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
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
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