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July 01, 2015

Why Some Economies Grow and Others Don't

This week Marc Tucker reviews a new book by Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann showing that quality of education has a major impact on a nation's economy

April 30, 2015

How Should We Gauge Student Success? The Accountability Dilemma

High achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, science and problem solving is essential. But our goals for educating young people should include much, much more than just raising test scores in these areas.

April 23, 2015

Why Have American Education Standards Collapsed?

How a broad range of factors have led to an across-the-board decline of standards in American education over the last 45 years.

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?

September 18, 2014

To Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody: Really?

Marc Tucker responds to Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody and their critique of the report "Fixing Our National Accountability System."

July 16, 2014

The (Il)logic of Teacher Evaluation

Why the current incentive structure for school leaders does not support the goal of substantially improving student performance.

April 28, 2014

The Federal Role in State Education Accountability Systems

How to balance the federal government's interest in making sure that federal education funds are well spent with the states' interest in retaining their constitutional right to enact their own education policies.

February 27, 2014

The Failure of Test-Based Accountability

In an ongoing series of posts about accountability, Marc Tucker discusses the damaging effects that test-based accountability has had on the profession of teaching.

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 14, 2014

Pasi Sahlberg on Finland's Recent PISA Results

Marc Tucker interviews Pasi Sahlberg about Finland's fall in the rankings on the 2012 PISA.

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