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September 27, 2018

NAEP Must Get Its Standards Right This Time

With NAEP at a critical crossroads as the Nation's Report Card's governing board sets new proficiency standards, Marc Tucker argues the board must align those standards to real-world college and career readiness or U.S. students and schools will pay the price.

July 18, 2018

The Testing Tragedy

Marc Tucker discusses the importance of getting testing right now that the number of PARCC and Smarter Balanced states have declined significantly.

March 29, 2017

Accountability, College & Career Readiness: Is This the Best We Can Do?

Marc Tucker reviews a new report from the Council of Chief State School Officers on accountability and college and career readiness and argues that policy makers should reach higher.

April 21, 2016

ESSA: Time for the States to Seize the Initiative

Marc Tucker explains that giving states more authority through ESSA is an invitation to think big, to reinvent state education systems to meet the enormous challenges states are facing. And he issues an invitation to states willing to meet that challenge.

March 31, 2016

Measuring the Immeasurable: The Schools We Want and the Problem of Assessment

Marc Tucker discusses a recent trip to several Hong Kong schools and how they showed what is possible for delivering a rich and empowering education.

December 03, 2015

ESEA Reauthorization and Accountability: A Chance to Do It Right

Part two of Marc Tucker's suggestions to state leaders as ESEA reauthorization swings responsibility for standards and accountability systems back to the states.

November 05, 2015

The NAEP Results: Time for a Long Perspective

Speculation on the cause of the drop in this year's NAEP scores ignores the real problem: The most important long-term NAEP measures are pretty much the same as they were 40 years ago.

October 27, 2015

Too Much Testing in U.S. Schools: The Department of Education's 'Mea Culpa'

A new report from the Council of the Great City Schools shows over testing is rampant in U.S. schools. The Obama administration says it recognizes its role in the flood of tests, but will this acknowledgment of responsibility result in real change?

July 30, 2015

Accountability 101: For Surgeons and Teachers

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.

June 10, 2015

Civil Rights and Testing: Response to Haycock and Edelman

In this blog, Marc Tucker responds to two critics of his earlier blog on the question of whether annual testing helps or hurts poor and minority children.

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