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.


Results from the first administration of the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments are coming in, but the question is: Are we prepared for what they are likely to tell us?


Education governance once existed outside of politics in the U.S.. Now, it's nothing but politics.


The permanent battle zone of education policy is leading to ever shorter tenures for top education leaders and officials. How did it get to this point?


Marc Tucker explains how current teacher shortages will ultimately be worse than any we have faced before because the causes are structural, not cyclical, and what we can do about it.


In the second of two pieces on school leadership, Marc Tucker discusses how the world's top performers are creating entire systems of school management and organization that produce world-leading results and what the U.S. can learn from it.


Marc Tucker discusses how to give school leaders the tools needed to build school organizations that get the best out of their teachers and students.


An upcoming trip with his grandson spurs Marc Tucker to consider the challenges young people will confront in the economic landscape that lies ahead.


Accountability systems for surgeons have created perverse incentives leaving the best doctors increasingly unwilling to take on the toughest medical cases. The parallels to schools and teachers are clear.


What's preventing U.S. states from investing in high quality instructional systems like the world's top performers? It could come down to dollars and cents.


The opinions expressed in Top Performers are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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