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National Council on Teacher Quality

Signing Off from One More Teacher Preparation Ranking

Robert C. Pianta | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Robert C. Pianta

It has become increasingly clear that NCTQ ratings and rankings are but one more compliance activity, like accreditation, foisted on teacher preparation programs. The activity takes valuable faculty and staff time away from real work with real students.

Joy Resmovits

How Teacher Prep Programs Are Failing New Teachers -- And Your Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

As education policymakers untangle the implications of last week's California court ruling that declared teacher tenure laws unconstitutional, an educ...

Rebecca Klein

Millennials Have Pretty Depressing Things To Say About Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

If American teachers are anywhere near as unimpressive as ambitious Millennials perceive them to be, then the state of public school education is quit...

Why a Nice Philanthropist Takes on "Bad" Teachers -- and the Rest of Us

John Thompson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Why can't the outsiders understand that the real problem is the terrible working conditions in so many high-poverty schools? If they were a principal, would they go through the not-so-onerous process of dismissing teachers when they may not be able to find better replacements?

Why Don't Schools Embrace Good Ideas?

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Petrilli

The leader of any organization knows that part of his or her job is to look for better ways to do things and to stay current on trends in the field. We should expect no less from our school leaders.

Mind the Gap!

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Jack Jennings

Why have politicians and others decided to ignore the research and use defective systems to make major decisions about retaining teachers or determining their pay? Why are we not "minding the gap"?

Court Rules Minnesota Colleges Must Turn Over Education Syllabi To Outside Research Organization

Posted 11.02.2012 | Education

A district court judge ruled Wednesday that education schools within the Minnesota State Colleges and University system must turn over their course sy...

Millions Spent On Improving Teachers, But Little Done To Make Sure It's Working

| Beth Fertig and Sarah Garland | Posted 06.04.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Helping struggling teachers improve has become a big concern–and a big business–across...

Majority Of Teacher Retirement Funds Underfunded, Study Says

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.15.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- As a new generation of teachers replaces retiring baby boomers, financially strapped states face a quandary – what to do about teacher...

Tenure Rights Weaken As States Look To Fire Teachers Who Aren't Performing

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — America's public school teachers are seeing their generations-old tenure protections weakened as states seek flexibility to fire te...

States Grading Teachers More Stringently, Using Numerous Measurements

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 01.17.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — Teachers and principals are worrying more about their own report cards these days. They're being graded on more than student test ...

Teachers Are Behind Private Sector Peers On Cognitive Measures And Overpaid, Report Says

The American Independent | Mikhail Zinshteyn | Posted 01.02.2012 | Education

A new report published by two conservative think tanks argues the cognitive ability of teachers is on average lower than private sector workers with s...

Blame The Teachers' Teachers

Posted 09.20.2011 | Education

The problem with the education system may be a trickle down effect. Three-quarters of teacher education programs nationwide were ranked “weak” ...

New Guide May Help Prospective Teachers Choose Best Training Program

Posted 07.11.2011 | Education

In response to criticism that teacher training programs are leaving graduates unprepared for the classroom, the National Council on Teacher Quality (N...

7 Essentials for Education Reform

Suzanne Tacheny Kubach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Suzanne Tacheny Kubach

While urgency has increased and many fresh faces have taken up the cause, the core ideas guiding education reform have remained remarkably stable.

Minn. Adopts Stricter Teacher License Requirements

AP | CHRIS WILLIAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Standing at the edge of a pond surrounded by her class of fourth-graders, Jasmine Zeppa filled a bucket with brown water and l...

Debate Over Value-Added Teacher Ratings Hits New York City

Liz Willen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Liz Willen

Regardless of what the court decides on November 24, the idea of holding teachers accountable for student performance seems here to stay.