• State of the States 2013
    Connecting the Dots: Using Evaluations of Teacher Effectiveness to Inform Policy and Practice
  • State Teacher Policy Yearbook
    See how states across the nation are doing with the policies that affect teacher preparation, evaluation, compensation, and more.
  • Bringing VAM to Teacher Prep
    Six core design principles
  • No One Benefits
    How teacher pension systems are failing BOTH teachers and taxpayers

State Policy

State governments are arguably the most powerful authority over the teaching profession. Since 2007, NCTQ has tracked and analyzed teacher policies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia in our State Teacher Policy Yearbook. The Yearbook presents the most detailed analysis available of each state's performance against, and progress toward, a set of specific, research-based teacher policy goals aimed at helping states build a comprehensive policy framework in support of teacher effectiveness.

National Findings on State Teacher Policy

In January 2013 we issued an interim edition of the Yearbook, focusing on teacher preparation policies. Get info across all 50 states and DC on what states are doing to ensure that new teachers are well prepared.


State by State Teacher Policy Breakdown

Delivering well prepared teachers, expanding the pool of teachers, identifying effective teachers, retaining effective teachers and exiting ineffective teachers--see how your state is doing across these five policy areas.


Teacher Pensions | State Policy Issues

There are 41 states where teacher pensions are currently insufficiently funded. Funding shortfalls grew in all but 7 states between 2009 and 2012. How's your state doing?