Marc Tucker interviews Pasi Sahlberg about Finland's fall in the rankings on the 2012 PISA.


How the federal education agenda with an emphasis on on charters, federally imposing the Common Core initiative, teacher evaluation, and test based accountability is seeking solutions in all the wrong places and pushing policies that are not backed by evidence.


A look at how Shanghai is able to both produce high quality beginning teachers at low cost and continuously improve the skills of teachers already in the workforce, leading not only to impressive performance on PISA but better student outcomes overall.


Marc Tucker explains that while China's policies regarding migrant students are problematic, these are slowly being changed. In the meantime, Shanghai's education system still has much to teach the rest of the world.


Marc Tucker explains why US students have such poor writing skills and what we can do to change that.


Marc Tucker refutes critics of PISA who claim that we can ignore the poor performance of US students because the test doesn't measure the things that really matter.


Marc Tucker and Andreas Schleicher respond to charges from Tom Loveless that the PISA results for Shanghai are suspect.


Marc Tucker explains why American education flatlined in the 1970s while our international competitors continued to improve and now surpass us.


Marc Tucker explains how fundamental changes in the way schools are managed could both attract better teachers and enable them to do their best work.


Marc Tucker explains how the results of the latest PISA assessment ought to inform America's education policy reform agenda: we should be basing it on the strategies employed by the top performing education systems in the world.


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