High School Diplomas and Career and College Readiness: Time to Get Serious

Marc Tucker explains how states can make high school graduation a meaningful indication that the graduate is truly ready for college and career and in so doing create new, more effective systems of accountability for our schools.


Tough-Minded Federal Accountability Is Dead: What Will the States Do Now?

In the first of a series, Marc Tucker looks at how the age of federally driven school accountability met its end and what states can do to leverage their new freedoms to create world-class education systems.


Top Performers Offer U.S. Much More Effective Models of Teacher PD

NCEE's groundbreaking research on teacher professional learning was the topic of conversation recently among some of the leading voices in education, including Lily Eskelsen García, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Joshua Starr.


Professional Development Transformed

Two new reports from NCEE show that the model of teacher professional learning used by top-performing education systems is much more effective than the dominant U.S. model of teacher PD.


The Low-Wage Strategy in the South: Is It the Future for Your State?

Some governors in the American South are pinning their economic development hopes on attracting low-skill, low-wage employers. That's a formula for further impoverishment of those states and their residents, argues Marc Tucker.


Education in 2015: A Look Back

Marc Tucker looks back on the year that was 2015 in education and discusses some of his most popular blog posts of the year.


Updating Mr. Jefferson: An Education for Today's Democracy

Today's complex world requires citizens with a sophisticated understanding of an ever-increasing number of ideas, issues, and facts. Marc Tucker asks if we have the education system to meet those demands of our citizens.


Still Waiting for the Presidential Candidates to Talk About Education

Education policy will dictate the future fortunes of the United States. So why, Marc Tucker wonders, are none of the presidential candidates talking about the issue?


ESEA Reauthorization and Accountability: A Chance to Do It Right

Part two of Marc Tucker's suggestions to state leaders as ESEA reauthorization swings responsibility for standards and accountability systems back to the states.


ESEA Reauthorization and Standards: A Chance to Do It Right

With ESEA reauthorization close at hand, Marc Tucker provides suggestions to state leaders as responsibility for standards and accountability systems moves their way.


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