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April 05, 2018

I'm Back! Reflections on My Detour

Having spent five weeks recovering from a bad spinal injury, Marc Tucker reflects on what it would be like if youth in our most challenged schools received the same level of care and coordination that a trauma patient receives in a leading hospital.

January 25, 2018

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump on Jobs: Both Wrong

Neither Trump's trade policies nor Sanders' promise of free college are strategies that will build the workforce we need to compete in the global economy, writes Marc Tucker.

November 02, 2017

School Funding and Teacher Experience in Maryland

Marc Tucker discusses the work of the Maryland Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Education, with support from NCEE, to update the state's school funding formula and to develop policies and practices to match the performance of the world's top-performing education systems.

October 12, 2017

Has the United States Been 'Sleepwalking Through History' or Not?

Marc Tucker responds to critics of his argument that the U.S. has been sleepwalking in its approach to improving education compared to other countries.

September 06, 2017

Differences in Performance WITHIN Schools: Why So Much Greater Than in Other Countries?

Marc Tucker looks at the reasons why the United States has one of the largest gaps in student achievement within schools.

January 26, 2017

Choice, Vouchers and the Trump Education Agenda

Marc Tucker looks at what the world's top performers tell us about the school choice agenda likely to be pursued by President Trump and his Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos.

January 19, 2017

College Readiness: Are Different Definitions Driving Inequality?

When "college readiness" is defined differently for different students, our education system may perpetuate the very inequalities it aims to address, writes Marc Tucker.

January 05, 2017

Theresa May and the Design of the American Education System

Marc Tucker discusses a recent piece by Checker Finn on British Prime Minister Theresa May's education agenda and analyzes the lessons it may provide for U.S. policy makers.

December 06, 2016

The 2015 PISA Results: What Do They Mean?

Marc Tucker explores how the PISA 2015 results may impact how we think about everything from math instruction and teaching quality to our place in the global labor market and immigration policy.

November 03, 2016

Reading, Writing, and Concentrated Poverty

Marc Tucker explores the challenges facing educators in America's high-poverty, low-achievement schools.

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