Annual Accountability Testing: Time for the Civil Rights Community to Reconsider

Why are civil rights groups fighting so hard for annual accountability testing when there is no evidence that it helps poor and minority students?


Dramatic Improvement in Education Systems: What It Takes

As other nations have before, the U.S. faces a stark choice between transforming its education system to deliver broadly-shared prosperity or continuing on its current path of growing income inequality, poverty and political instability.


Lesson From Freddie Gray: It Isn't the Money

In the search for answers and understanding in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray and the resulting riots, how can educators and school leaders foster hope and give students in challenged communities a better future?


Making Graduation Meaningful: A Real Qualifications System for U.S. Students

The U.S. high school diploma is too often little more than an attendance certificate. Creating a real qualifications system would empower students, give them the skills to compete in the global economy and make our education system more equitable.


How Should We Gauge Student Success? The Accountability Dilemma

High achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, science and problem solving is essential. But our goals for educating young people should include much, much more than just raising test scores in these areas.


Why Have American Education Standards Collapsed?

How a broad range of factors have led to an across-the-board decline of standards in American education over the last 45 years.


Are We Just Fooling Ourselves? Is American Education a Colossal Failure?

The United States once led the world in educational attainment, but that is no longer the case. So, how did we get here?


Estonia's Education System: Full of Promise, Facing Challenges

Do high PISA scores mask a serious threat to Estonia's education progress?


Estonia: The Next Finland?

How Estonia's rise to the top of the league tables for student achievement is the result of a strong history of placing a high value on education, like its northern neighbor Finland.


The Swiss Vocational Education and Training System: A Gold Standard

In the latest report from NCEE's Center on International Education Benchmarking, Nancy Hoffman and Bob Schwartz shed new light on why the Swiss vocational education and training system is a world leader and what the U.S. can learn from it.


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