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October 04, 2018

Setting NAEP Performance Standards: How We Got Here

Marc Tucker recounts the history of criticism of NAEP's standard-setting process and proposes a new model for The Nation's Report Card.

September 27, 2018

NAEP Must Get Its Standards Right This Time

With NAEP at a critical crossroads as the Nation's Report Card's governing board sets new proficiency standards, Marc Tucker argues the board must align those standards to real-world college and career readiness or U.S. students and schools will pay the price.

April 12, 2018

NAEP: Do the Data Show That 'Education Reform' Has Worked—Or That It Hasn't?

Marc Tucker argues stagnant scores and widening gaps on the recently released 2017 NAEP results demonstrate the failure of the dominant model of American education reform.

December 07, 2017

NAEP vs. PISA? Hands down, It's PISA

PISA's collection of background data provides policymakers critical insights beyond just student performance. Marc Tucker makes the case that NAEP should collect similar information.

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.

November 05, 2015

The NAEP Results: Time for a Long Perspective

Speculation on the cause of the drop in this year's NAEP scores ignores the real problem: The most important long-term NAEP measures are pretty much the same as they were 40 years ago.

April 16, 2015

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?

December 19, 2013

Why Has US Education Performance Flatlined?

Marc Tucker explains why American education flatlined in the 1970s while our international competitors continued to improve and now surpass us.

October 25, 2013

NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study: How Well Are We Really Doing?

Marc Tucker questions the results from a recent NCES study linking NAEP and TIMSS scores.

February 22, 2012

How the Brown Center Report Got it Wrong: No Relationship Between Academic Standards and Student Performance?

Marc Tucker reviews the latest report from the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution

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