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.

The Iceberg Effect: A Reply to James Harvey and Charles Fowler

Marc Tucker responds to a recent criticism of international education comparisons.

The New Ford Foundation: A Bold Vision for More Effective Philanthropy

The Ford Foundation recently announced it would take an active role in building institutions by ensuring that its grant recipients are afforded the resources needed for their own financial stability, representing a major and incredibly important shift in philanthropy.

The NAEP Results: Time for a Long Perspective

Speculation on the cause of the drop in this year's NAEP scores ignores the real problem: The most important long-term NAEP measures are pretty much the same as they were 40 years ago.

Too Much Testing in U.S. Schools: The Department of Education's 'Mea Culpa'

A new report from the Council of the Great City Schools shows over testing is rampant in U.S. schools. The Obama administration says it recognizes its role in the flood of tests, but will this acknowledgment of responsibility result in real change?

Ron Wolk's Vision for U.S. Schools

In a special guest blog post, Ron Wolk, founding editor of Education Week and Teacher Magazine, details his vision for the future of U.S. schools.

Student Tracking vs. Academic Pathways: Different...or the Same?

While most U.S. educators scorn Europe's "tracking" of students, the reality is that students in U.S. schools are part of a very aggressive sorting system that yields less social mobility, not more.

What Does It Mean to Be an Educated Person Today?

Has our definition of being an educated person kept pace with today's fast-changing world? Marc Tucker argues it's time to reopen the question.

What the California Drought Can Teach Us About School Reform

California's drought required a swift, comprehensive response to save water. California took action and reduced consumption by 27%. The U.S. education system needs similarly decisive action.

The Iceberg Effect: Reports That Set Us Ever Further Behind

Attempts to explain away the growing gap between U.S. schools and top-performing countries are not part of the solution. They are part of the problem.

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