Strong Teacher Evaluation Systems Go Hand-in-Hand With Improved Teacher Quality

Analysis from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) finds tangible evidence that teacher evaluation systems, when implemented well, are coinciding with real and measurable benefits for students and teachers alike. The past decade has been marked by rapid changes in teacher evaluations. While many districts and states announced their intention to install better systems, Read more about Strong Teacher Evaluation Systems Go Hand-in-Hand With Improved Teacher Quality[…]

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State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession

Most states have been struggling to address teacher shortages for several years now, often filling the vacuum with underprepared teachers who aren’t able to give children the high-quality learning they need and who leave at two to three times the rate of well-prepared teachers. Most often, these teachers are hired in schools serving students of Read more about State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession[…]

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NCTQ Releases Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst

NCTQ’s Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst, a study of states’ strategic teacher compensation policies, includes a snapshot of all 50 states’ and the District of Columbia’s teacher compensation policies as they relate to providing additional compensation for effective teacher performance, teaching in high-need schools and subjects, and relevant, prior non-teaching work experience. In addition to comprehensive Read more about NCTQ Releases Strategic Teacher Compensation Databurst[…]

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NCTQ Releases 2018 State Teacher Policy Best Practices Guide

NCTQ’s 2018 State Teacher Policy Best Practices Guide highlights leading state work across 37 different policy areas that impact teacher quality. This resource serves as a guide to all states seeking concrete ideas and examples of how to improve teacher policy. Despite consistent concerns regarding whether states are acting quickly and ambitiously enough to improve Read more about NCTQ Releases 2018 State Teacher Policy Best Practices Guide[…]

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Which states are friendliest to teachers?

In some states, teachers are more fairly paid and treated than in others and therefore less likely to face a revolving door of teacher turnover. To help America’s educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 21 key indicators of teacher-friendliness, divided Read more about Which states are friendliest to teachers?[…]

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Which States Pay Teachers the Most (and Least)?

Alaska and New York pay teachers nearly double the salaries of those working in Mississippi and Oklahoma, says a new study by GoBankingRates. According to the finance website, teachers in Alaska and New York are paid each year on average $77,843 and $76,953, respectively. By contrast, the averages in Mississippi and Oklahoma are $42,043 and Read more about Which States Pay Teachers the Most (and Least)?[…]

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August Issue Brief: Teacher Compensation

Teacher compensation matters for attracting and retaining effective educators, however, the U.S. pays teachers less than most industrialized countries pay their teachers. The Education Commission of the States recently released an overview of the various approaches to teacher compensation being used by American states as well as a summary of the research supporting these approaches: Read more about August Issue Brief: Teacher Compensation[…]

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A Look at Compensation for Public School Instructional Staff

Between 1991 and 2011, spending on compensation—including salaries and benefits—for public school instructional staff increased by more than 50 percent, with most of that increase going toward the cost of benefits, according to a new data point from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The new publication, Instructional Staff Salary and Benefits Spending: 1991–2011, Read more about A Look at Compensation for Public School Instructional Staff[…]

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The CLASS Project: Empowering Educators, Raising Student Achievement

Against a statewide backdrop of sliding student achievement levels, widening education inequities, and high levels of teacher dissatisfaction, the CLASS Project—an Oregon nonprofit initiative—has made sharp gains in all of these areas while simultaneously improving the working relationships between various education system stakeholders. But what exactly IS the Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success (CLASS) Project? Read more about The CLASS Project: Empowering Educators, Raising Student Achievement[…]

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Teacher Pay Around the World

Dick Startz, in the Brookings blog, provides comparative information on teacher pay around the world. It turns out, the U.S. doesn’t look so generous. Following are excerpts from the blog: American teachers are underpaid. More specifically, American teachers are underpaid when compared to teachers in the nations we compete with. Let me begin with a Read more about Teacher Pay Around the World[…]

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Exploring the Teacher Shortage Dilemma

The critical issue of teacher shortages is often featured in today’s news headlines. Whether a shortage exists varies from state to state as do the root causes and the approaches states are taking to address the issue. To support policymakers, Education Commission of the States conducted extensive research on the topic and created a comprehensive Read more about Exploring the Teacher Shortage Dilemma[…]

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A High School Student on Education Reform

Jonah Steele is a current high school student, writing on Medium about the current debate over education reform. He laments the fact that students do not seem to have any input, or at least are not taken seriously, in this debate. Mr. Steele states: Regardless of how many times you’ve watched a TED talk pop Read more about A High School Student on Education Reform[…]

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Micro-Credentialing: A New Look at Teacher Professional Development

A recent blog post from Education Week takes a look at the current state of professional development for teachers and finds a brave new world of “micro-credentialing.” The following example shows just how it works: Last year, Kay Staley and Jessica Scherer, literacy coaches in the Kettle Moraine district in Wisconsin, led groups of teachers in Read more about Micro-Credentialing: A New Look at Teacher Professional Development[…]

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Transforming and Elevating the Teaching Profession

A recent report, written by the Center for American Progress, guides the reader through a teacher’s career trajectory, beginning at recruitment and selection and continuing throughout his or her career in order to provide policymakers and the public with a forward-thinking document that proposes how to elevate and modernize the teaching profession. In this report, Read more about Transforming and Elevating the Teaching Profession[…]

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We Are #TEACH STRONG

To create the excellent and equitable education that America’s students deserve, teachers must work to prepare students for a competitive, globalized market. As a result, we are asking more from our teachers than ever before. Yet we continue to provide them with preparation, training, and pay that aren’t designed to meet these changing demands. TeachStrong Read more about We Are #TEACH STRONG[…]

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Does Money Matter?

Does money matter in education? Isabel V. Sawhill of the Brookings Institution answers: Yes, education spending–and teacher salaries–affect student outcomes. Not only that, but the research shows that money matters even more for minority and underprivileged students, making the money issue an equity issue as well. Sawhill reviewed education policy papers and research going back Read more about Does Money Matter?[…]

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