The U.S. high school diploma is too often little more than an attendance certificate. Creating a real qualifications system would empower students, give them the skills to compete in the global economy and make our education system more equitable.


High achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, science and problem solving is essential. But our goals for educating young people should include much, much more than just raising test scores in these areas.


How a broad range of factors have led to an across-the-board decline of standards in American education over the last 45 years.


The United States once led the world in educational attainment, but that is no longer the case. So, how did we get here?


Do high PISA scores mask a serious threat to Estonia's education progress?


How Estonia's rise to the top of the league tables for student achievement is the result of a strong history of placing a high value on education, like its northern neighbor Finland.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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