Teaching Profession

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.


Policy Reports

Relevant context and state policy examples on teaching issues.

Blog Posts

Legislative trends and other news with implications for teaching.

As Americans continue to navigate the many consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, some educators are considering an option many states created before the current crisis: an early retirement package.

Schools and districts find themselves in an increasingly complex situation as the school year starts.

The coronavirus has upended the U.S. economy and education system in ways few would have imagined just two months ago. State and local leaders now know that millions of students are losing academic ground.

Teaching is one of our most-asked-about topics; we regularly share state trends and examples on Ed Note.

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State Information Requests

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

Teacher Evaluations During COVID-19 Closures
Mental Health Services for Teachers
Addressing Teacher Shortages Through Licensure Flexibility

Diversifying the Teacher Workforce
Teacher Licensure Assessments
Student Growth in Teacher Evaluations

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