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August 27, 2014

Teachers as Researchers: Another Mark of Professionalism

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

August 13, 2014

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.

August 07, 2014

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?

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.

January 30, 2014

Shanghai: Teacher Quality Strategies

A look at how Shanghai is able to both produce high quality beginning teachers at low cost and continuously improve the skills of teachers already in the workforce, leading not only to impressive performance on PISA but better student outcomes overall.

January 10, 2014

PISA Denial: Another Flavor

Marc Tucker refutes critics of PISA who claim that we can ignore the poor performance of US students because the test doesn't measure the things that really matter.

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.

December 13, 2013

PISA On the Teacher as Professional

Marc Tucker explains how fundamental changes in the way schools are managed could both attract better teachers and enable them to do their best work.

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.

October 17, 2013

The American System For Improving Our Schools

Marc Tucker argues that one of the United States' biggest challenges in education is that we don't actually have a well-designed, fully connected system in place. Our K-12 landscape is mostly the result of unrelated initiatives that often conflict with each other.

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