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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.

May 28, 2015

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?

May 14, 2015

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?

June 06, 2014

American Schools - Back to 'Separate But Equal'?

Marc Tucker explains how housing segregation leads to school segregation and calls for reforming our school finance system.

May 27, 2014

Unacceptable Options for Our Most Vulnerable Students

In order to meet the demands of our workforce, the United States must build a strong vocational education and training system and provide students who want to pursue this path with much stronger academic skills then they currently have now.

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 22, 2014

The Proposed Accountability Plan: A Commentary

A call for changing the culture of schools so that teachers are accountable to their professional colleagues and have more time during school hours to collaborate.

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.

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.

October 10, 2013

Testing and ESEA Reauthorization: The Moment of Truth

Marc Tucker argues that the next version of ESEA should require tests that actually measure higher order thinking skills and, at the same time, require accountability testing no more than three times in a student's career.

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