The National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR) is constituted as an independent association dedicated to safeguarding the integrity of public retirement systems in the United States and its territories to which teachers belong and to promoting the rights and benefits of all present and future members of the systems.
NCTR began in 1924, affiliated with the National Education Association in 1937, and became an independent association in 1971. NCTR is constituted as a nonprofit tax-exempt entity under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.
NCTR’s membership includes 63 state, territorial, and local pension systems. These systems serve more than 19 million active and retired teachers, non-teaching personnel, and other public employees, and have combined assets of more than $2 trillion in their trust funds.
A strong and secure retirement future for all teachers and educational employees.
THE Resource for fostering strategic partnerships and providing training and pension advocacy for the educational community.
- Integrity: Conduct business in an open, honest, ethical, and professional manner.
- Dedication: Be diligent at all times in our efforts to achieve organizational goals.
- Excellence: Exceed the expectations of our members.
- Diversity: Reflect and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in membership, governance, and programs.
- Collaboration: Promote engagement, cooperation and partnerships to achieve retirement security for educators and other public employees.
- Innovation: Meet the challenges of the future with leadership, creativity, and accountability in response to changing needs.
The purposes of the Council are to: