Pasi Sahlberg, in his landmark book Finnish Lessons, makes the point that Finland's development of extensive student achievement standards proved to be a very important landmark on the trajectory of Finland's rise to world class status in the education arena. Later on, he makes the point that, in recent years, Finland has been cutting back on the specificity of its standards, so that the volume of the standards has been reduced from its former size. One might think that this means that it was a mistake to make the standards as voluminous as they formerly were, that the Finns should ...

Marc Tucker examines a recent OECD report that proves it is possible to achieve equity and quality in education.

Marc Tucker takes a look at new research arguing that the Common Core K-8 standards in mathematics are comparable to those used by the world's top-performing countries.

Marc Tucker argues for converting teaching from a blue collar occupation into a high status profession that offers profound satisfaction and reasonable compensation.

Marc Tucker calls for a serious change in the way we fund our higher education institutions.

Marc Tucker traces the broad outlines of the history of education in Finland and the United States to explain why one country has experienced educational success while the other lags behind.

Marc Tucker responds to Jay Greene's review of NCEE's latest book, Surpassing Shanghai.

Marc Tucker explains how business leaders can equitably serve American school children.

An interview with Barry McGaw, the the Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, on how Australia developed a national curriculum and assessment system.

Marc Tucker reviews "U.S. Education Reform and National Security", the latest report from the Council on Foreign Relations.

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