21st Century Teacher Force

To compare teacher quality across states, we relied on the nationally recognized National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluation of state teacher policies. NCTQ grades states on five metrics: delivering well-prepared teachers, expanding the pool of teachers, identifying effective teachers, retaining effective teachers, and exiting ineffective teachers. NCTQ’s grades are represented here, both for the various subsections as well as for the overall evaluation of the state.