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July 02, 2014

Accountability vs. What We Want for Our Children

Test-based accountability forces teachers to abandon their interest in helping students develop many of the qualities that will actually help them succeed in workplace and life.

April 28, 2014

The Federal Role in State Education Accountability Systems

How to balance the federal government's interest in making sure that federal education funds are well spent with the states' interest in retaining their constitutional right to enact their own education policies.

April 07, 2014

Designing a State Accountability Program: Part I

Marc Tucker lays out his vision for an effective state accountability program including strategies to address low-performing schools.

March 14, 2014

Accountability: What the Top Performers Do

Marc Tucker continues the discussion on accountability and describes how the top-performing education systems use assessments and the results to help students and schools improve.

March 07, 2014

Accountability and Motivation

Continuing his blog series on accountability, Marc Tucker examines the premises that underlie different approaches to accountability system design.

February 27, 2014

The Failure of Test-Based Accountability

In an ongoing series of posts about accountability, Marc Tucker discusses the damaging effects that test-based accountability has had on the profession of teaching.

February 21, 2014

NCLB, California and Accountability in All Its Guises

Marc Tucker explains that there is no evidence that test-based accountability, for schools or for teachers, actually improves student achievement.

February 07, 2014

What Now? Federal Education Policy Adrift

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.

January 30, 2014

Shanghai: Teacher Quality Strategies

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.

January 24, 2014

Tom Loveless on Hukou in China

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.

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