The Swiss Vocational Education and Training System: A Gold Standard

In the latest report from NCEE's Center on International Education Benchmarking, Nancy Hoffman and Bob Schwartz shed new light on why the Swiss vocational education and training system is a world leader and what the U.S. can learn from it.


Why Is Achievement Rising in Some Countries, Going Down in Others?

Australian education expert Geoff Masters looks at the reforms that have boosted student performance in the world's rapidly improving education systems and finds that they do not use market-based strategies, but instead focus on developing strong teachers and school leaders throughout the entire school system.


Vocational Education & Training and the Chinese Economy: Driver or Obstacle?

In the latest report from the Center on International Education Benchmarking, written by Asia Society's Vivien Stewart, we find that China's hopes of transitioning to a high-skill, high-wage economy will hinge on its ability to scale-up and modernize its vocational education and training system.


Flawed Thinking: Why NCLB Failed to Produce Equity and High Quality

In remarks from a Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) panel discussion, I explain why NCLB was the result of a federal government too consumed with demanding accountablity for its investment and not sufficiently focused on improving student achievement.


Federal Policy on Teacher Quality: Is Accountability the Answer?

Tough-minded accountablity reforms for teachers colleges miss the mark in efforts to improve teacher quality.


The American Workforce: Survey Delivers Bad News

New data on literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills show that U.S. millennials have fallen to the back of the pack internationally and continue to slip.


Inequality and Education

Public schools were once the engines of social and economic mobility in the U.S., but that is no longer the case. In fact, the very design of our education system is in many ways contributing to the nation's growing income inequality.


Fixing NCLB: The Right Federal Role With Improved Accountability

How a new architecture for accountability would reset the state/federal balance, improve outcomes for all students, including the most disadvantaged, and avoid the unintended consequences of NCLB.


ESEA Reauthorization: A Broken NCLB and Its Unintended Consequences

Why the record of achievement for test-based accountability in No Child Left Behind has been dismal and rife with unintended consequences.


Wilhoit: Common-Core Implementation Requires Better Teacher Recruiting and Support

In this final installment of my series on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Gene Wilhoit, the former Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, discusses the need to transform how we recruit, train, and develop our teachers and the consequences of failing to do so.


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