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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


How is it possible that America has the largest educational research establishment in the world yet mediocre student achievement compared to the top performing countries?


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