Kentucky and the Common Core: Interview With Terry Holliday and Felicia Smith

Terry Holliday and Felicia Smith on how Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core, implementation progress so far and their advice for other states and the federal government.


The Common Core in California: An Interview With Mike Kirst

An interview with Michael Kirst, president of California's State Board of Education, on the challenges in implementing the Common Core.


Common Core: The Real Issues

The Common Core is much more likely to be declared a failure because of poor implementation than because of political attacks from either side of the spectrum.


Ravitch and Zhao: Ricochet

In a response to Diane Ravitch and Yong Zhao, Marc Tucker argues that instead of abandoning standardized tests, the United States needs much better standardized tests, administered at fewer grade levels.


To Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody: Really?

Marc Tucker responds to Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody and their critique of the report "Fixing Our National Accountability System."


Dylan Wiliam on the Shanghai Model for Improving the Practice of Teachers

Dylan Wiliam on creating a school environment in which teachers are both motivated to continuously improve their practice and supported as they do so.


For the Common Core, A Different Sort of Benchmark

The Concord Review, a journal of high school student history essays, makes a powerful argument for using student work in explaining academic standards.


Teachers as Researchers: Another Mark of Professionalism

An argument for training U.S. teachers to be skilled researchers in the classrooms.


Educator Accountability for Education Professionals -- A New Idea

A new report from NCEE calls for replacing the current system of test-based accountability with a system much more likely to result in improvements in student performance.


Education Research: Reflections on the 'Gold Standard'

Continuing his series on education research, Marc Tucker argues that the United States should use industrial benchmarking to learn about the characteristics of effective education systems.


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