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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.

November 05, 2015

The NAEP Results: Time for a Long Perspective

Speculation on the cause of the drop in this year's NAEP scores ignores the real problem: The most important long-term NAEP measures are pretty much the same as they were 40 years ago.

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.

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