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TNTP, 2023
The education students deserve starts with great and diverse teachers. But while many states have made impressive progress on diversifying the teacher workforce, that progress could be at risk. This is because school districts commonly use seniority--"Last In, First Out," or LIFO--to determine which teachers to lay off. But LIFO is not…
Descriptors: Teachers, Teacher Employment, Job Layoff, Status
TNTP, 2023
In the aftermath of the pandemic, public schools nationwide face profound challenges. Student test scores are down, absenteeism is at an all-time high, and educators are working tirelessly to bridge the learning gap. But research shows families believe that everything is back to normal or will be soon. This report explores this disconnect by…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Attendance, Grades (Scholastic)
TNTP, 2021
Unfortunately, far too many Arkansas students are being taught by teachers who are uncertified in the subject they are teaching. This report analyzes the extent and potential causes of Arkansas' teacher shortage and propose a series of recommendations for state policymakers. Two primary findings about the shortage were identified: (1) Shortages…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Geographic Regions, Minority Group Students
TNTP, 2021
Unfortunately, Arkansas has faced a massive shortage of certified teachers for decades. Statewide, 4 percent of public school teachers are uncertified, with another 3 percent teaching out of field. In many districts, the percentage of uncertified is much higher: as high as 56 percent in the Helena-West Helena School District, and 52 percent in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Geographic Regions, Minority Group Students
TNTP, 2021
Community, collaboration, and relationships have become more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the country, school districts have embraced this opportunity to rethink how to engage with families and the surrounding community. With strong leadership that treats families, caregivers, and community organizations as full and…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Districts, School Community Relationship
Jacob, Andy; McGovern, Kate – TNTP, 2015
"The Mirage" describes the widely held perception among education leaders that they already know how to help teachers improve, and that they could achieve their goal of great teaching in far more classrooms if they just applied what they knew more widely. However, research suggests that despite enormous and admirable investments of time…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Effectiveness, Surveys
TNTP, 2014
Nobody goes into teaching to get rich, but that's no excuse not to pay teachers as professionals. Compensation is one of the most important factors in determining who enters the teaching profession and how long they stay--yet 90 percent of all U.S. school districts pay teachers without any regard for their actual performance with students,…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Compensation (Remuneration), School Districts, Teacher Competencies
Jacob, Andy; Vidyarthi, Elizabeth; Carroll, Kathleen – TNTP, 2012
"Irreplaceables" are teachers who are so successful they are nearly impossible to replace, but who too often vanish from schools as the result of neglect and inattention. To identify and better understand the experience of these teachers, the authors started by studying 90,000 teachers across four large, geographically diverse urban school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Persistence
TNTP, 2012
There is no shortage of research on the importance of good teaching. For decades, study after study has shown that there are large differences in effectiveness from one teacher to another and that these differences can have a lifelong impact on students. A recent study that tracked 2.5 million students over 20 years determined that those with…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Program Effectiveness