Teachers as Researchers: Another Mark of Professionalism

An argument for training U.S. teachers to be skilled researchers in the classrooms.


Educator Accountability for Education Professionals -- A New Idea

A new report from NCEE calls for replacing the current system of test-based accountability with a system much more likely to result in improvements in student performance.


Education Research: Reflections on the 'Gold Standard'

Continuing his series on education research, Marc Tucker argues that the United States should use industrial benchmarking to learn about the characteristics of effective education systems.


Education Research Comes Up Short

How is it possible that America has the largest educational research establishment in the world yet mediocre student achievement compared to the top performing countries?


California Rising: An Interview With Mike Kirst

Marc Tucker interviews Mike Kirst, President of the California State Board of Education, on the state's transformation of their education policymaking system and school finance legislation.


An Interview With Dennis Van Roekel

Marc Tucker interviews outgoing NEA President Dennis Van Roekel about his career and how teaching and teachers' unions have changed.


The (Il)logic of Teacher Evaluation

Why the current incentive structure for school leaders does not support the goal of substantially improving student performance.


The Reading Wars Again (or Still)

How the reading strategy debate in New York City underscores the importance of developing highly competent teachers with good leadership skills.


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.


Teachers' Unions: Moment of Truth

Discussing the implications of the Vergara v. California case, Marc Tucker finds that teacher unions are at a critical crossroads - they can either fight to maintain blue collar working conditions or decide that they want to be true professionals and take on the associated compensation, status, risk and obligations.


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