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September 25, 2014

Ravitch and Zhao: Ricochet

In a response to Diane Ravitch and Yong Zhao, Marc Tucker argues that instead of abandoning standardized tests, the United States needs much better standardized tests, administered at fewer grade levels.

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 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 05, 2013

The Meaning of PISA

Marc Tucker explains how the results of the latest PISA assessment ought to inform America's education policy reform agenda: we should be basing it on the strategies employed by the top performing education systems in the world.

August 09, 2013

The New Dropouts? The States Divide on Testing and Accountability

Marc Tucker exposes faults in the argument that policymakers should abandon the common core assessments on the grounds that they are too expensive.

September 05, 2012

8 Problems With the Common Core State Standards? I Don't Think So

Marc Tucker responds to educator Marion Brady's objections to the common core state standards.

January 31, 2012

Hey Buddy! Got Some Time?

Marc Tucker examines the motivations behind studying habits.

January 19, 2012

On Curriculum, Assessment and (Especially) Writing in the Modern Age

Marc Tucker discusses two different approaches to test construction.

January 12, 2012

NCLB and the Issue of Accountability

Marc Tucker reflects on how ESEA and NCLB treated the issue of accountability.

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