Research shows teachers are the most influential in-school factor in student achievement. Creating opportunities for strong teacher preparation, meaningful licensure, quality and supportive working environments, career growth and other items that lead to job satisfaction among teachers is paramount to the success of teachers and in turn, students. Though many of the decisions impacting teachers are made at the district and school level, state policy plays an important role in setting benchmarks, guidelines and incentives that lead to effective and well-supported teaching professionals.

The following resources capture state policy trends, examples and other contextual information important for anyone working on these issues.


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on teaching issues.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for teaching.

A recent national survey found that 9 in every 10 teachers wish they had more opportunities to further their careers and professional skills without leaving the classroom.

Research consistently confirms what may seem otherwise obvious: School climate or the quality and character of school life matters for teachers and the students they serve.

Among governors’ State of the State addresses this year, a majority spoke about teacher compensation, including differential pay that attracts teachers to certain schools or positions and pay-for-performance programs that reward teachers.

As with the professions of medicine, law and many others, most states require educators to show proof of engaging in continuing education to retain their license.

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State Information Requests

Brief issue scans, typically provided within 48 hours, that provide top-level information on teaching.

Addressing Teacher Shortages Through Licensure Flexibility
Student Growth in Teacher Evaluations
Diversifying the Teacher Workforce
Teacher Licensure Assessments
Grow-Your-Own Teacher Recruitment Programs
Teacher Evaluations During COVID-19 Closures

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