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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.

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.

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