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October 04, 2018

Setting NAEP Performance Standards: How We Got Here

Marc Tucker recounts the history of criticism of NAEP's standard-setting process and proposes a new model for The Nation's Report Card.

September 27, 2018

NAEP Must Get Its Standards Right This Time

With NAEP at a critical crossroads as the Nation's Report Card's governing board sets new proficiency standards, Marc Tucker argues the board must align those standards to real-world college and career readiness or U.S. students and schools will pay the price.

December 21, 2017

Culture Is Not Destiny in Education

Marc Tucker challenges the idea that the primary drivers of higher student achievement in other countries are their unique cultural contexts.

November 02, 2017

School Funding and Teacher Experience in Maryland

Marc Tucker discusses the work of the Maryland Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Education, with support from NCEE, to update the state's school funding formula and to develop policies and practices to match the performance of the world's top-performing education systems.

October 04, 2017

Germany Rapidly Improved Their Schools and We Didn't—Why?

After disappointing PISA results in 2000, Marc Tucker looks at why Germany reacted with system-wide reform while the United States responded with complacency.

September 27, 2017

Using the SAT as a High School Exit Exam? Not Such a Good Idea

Despite its use by a growing number of states and districts, Marc Tucker weighs in on why the SAT may not be the best measurement for college readiness.

September 06, 2017

Differences in Performance WITHIN Schools: Why So Much Greater Than in Other Countries?

Marc Tucker looks at the reasons why the United States has one of the largest gaps in student achievement within schools.

January 05, 2017

Theresa May and the Design of the American Education System

Marc Tucker discusses a recent piece by Checker Finn on British Prime Minister Theresa May's education agenda and analyzes the lessons it may provide for U.S. policy makers.

July 14, 2016

Education, Eastern Culture, and Western Values

Is there a cultural component to the success of Asian countries on international assessments like PISA? Marc Tucker contends that it is more complicated than you might think.

November 19, 2015

The Iceberg Effect: A Reply to James Harvey and Charles Fowler

Marc Tucker responds to a recent criticism of international education comparisons.

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