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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.

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.

November 21, 2013

Tom Friedman's Right: There Is No Shanghai Secret

Marc Tucker argues that in order to greatly improve U.S. student achievement, we need to focus on developing the teachers we already have instead of driving them away with punitive accountability systems.

April 04, 2013

David Kirp on Education Reform

Marc Tucker finds parallels between the education reform strategies used in the U.S. school districts featured in David Kirp's new book, "Improbable Scholars", and the strategies used in the top-performing education systems. He also explains why American education policy is at war with itself.

October 10, 2012

Choice and Markets: The Reprise

Marc Tucker argues that there is no evidence that charters, competition, and school choice will produce major improvements in student performance at the scale of a state, province or nation.

September 28, 2012

Choice and Markets: Theory and Practice

Marc Tucker argues that school choice and market incentives in education will only serve to make good schools better and bad schools worse.

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