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November 24, 2015

ESEA Reauthorization and Standards: A Chance to Do It Right

With ESEA reauthorization close at hand, Marc Tucker provides suggestions to state leaders as responsibility for standards and accountability systems moves their way.

October 27, 2015

Too Much Testing in U.S. Schools: The Department of Education's 'Mea Culpa'

A new report from the Council of the Great City Schools shows over testing is rampant in U.S. schools. The Obama administration says it recognizes its role in the flood of tests, but will this acknowledgment of responsibility result in real change?

July 16, 2015

ESEA Reauthorization: A Certain Gnashing of Teeth

Those anxious to reverse the aggressive federal role in education resulting from No Child Left Behind should not rush to simply push the pendulum as hard as possible in the other direction.

June 25, 2015

Civil Rights Advocates vs. Teacher Advocates: A Destructive and Unnecessary Conflict

In this final post in his series on annual accountability testing and students' civil rights, Marc Tucker turns his attention to the way this issue has divided the civil rights community and advocates for teachers and calls it destructive and unnecessary.

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?

March 05, 2015

Flawed Thinking: Why NCLB Failed to Produce Equity and High Quality

In remarks from a Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) panel discussion, I explain why NCLB was the result of a federal government too consumed with demanding accountablity for its investment and not sufficiently focused on improving student achievement.

February 05, 2015

Fixing NCLB: The Right Federal Role With Improved Accountability

How a new architecture for accountability would reset the state/federal balance, improve outcomes for all students, including the most disadvantaged, and avoid the unintended consequences of NCLB.

January 29, 2015

ESEA Reauthorization: A Broken NCLB and Its Unintended Consequences

Why the record of achievement for test-based accountability in No Child Left Behind has been dismal and rife with unintended consequences.

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.

February 07, 2014

What Now? Federal Education Policy Adrift

How the federal education agenda with an emphasis on on charters, federally imposing the Common Core initiative, teacher evaluation, and test based accountability is seeking solutions in all the wrong places and pushing policies that are not backed by evidence.

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