Why Some Economies Grow and Others Don't

This week Marc Tucker reviews a new book by Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann showing that quality of education has a major impact on a nation's economy


Civil Rights Advocates vs. Teacher Advocates: A Destructive and Unnecessary Conflict

In this final post in his series on annual accountability testing and students' civil rights, Marc Tucker turns his attention to the way this issue has divided the civil rights community and advocates for teachers and calls it destructive and unnecessary.


The 'T-Shaped Curriculum': Liberal Arts, Technical Education, or Both?

In this blog Marc explains why strong technical skills alone are not enough for students who will enter today's rapidly changing workforce. Now, more than ever, students need a solid education in the liberal arts.


Civil Rights and Testing: Response to Haycock and Edelman

In this blog, Marc Tucker responds to two critics of his earlier blog on the question of whether annual testing helps or hurts poor and minority children.


Teachers Scoring Tests: Part of Professional Teacher's Work?

How the widespread use of cheap, multiple-choice tests in the United States prevents teachers from benefiting from one of the best forms of professional development in the field.


Annual Accountability Testing: Time for the Civil Rights Community to Reconsider

Why are civil rights groups fighting so hard for annual accountability testing when there is no evidence that it helps poor and minority students?


Dramatic Improvement in Education Systems: What It Takes

As other nations have before, the U.S. faces a stark choice between transforming its education system to deliver broadly-shared prosperity or continuing on its current path of growing income inequality, poverty and political instability.


Lesson From Freddie Gray: It Isn't the Money

In the search for answers and understanding in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray and the resulting riots, how can educators and school leaders foster hope and give students in challenged communities a better future?


Making Graduation Meaningful: A Real Qualifications System for U.S. Students

The U.S. high school diploma is too often little more than an attendance certificate. Creating a real qualifications system would empower students, give them the skills to compete in the global economy and make our education system more equitable.


How Should We Gauge Student Success? The Accountability Dilemma

High achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, science and problem solving is essential. But our goals for educating young people should include much, much more than just raising test scores in these areas.


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