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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 09, 2015

Estonia's Education System: Full of Promise, Facing Challenges

Do high PISA scores mask a serious threat to Estonia's education progress?

February 26, 2015

Federal Policy on Teacher Quality: Is Accountability the Answer?

Tough-minded accountablity reforms for teachers colleges miss the mark in efforts to improve teacher quality.

July 25, 2014

An Interview With Dennis Van Roekel

Marc Tucker interviews outgoing NEA President Dennis Van Roekel about his career and how teaching and teachers' unions have changed.

July 09, 2014

The Reading Wars Again (or Still)

How the reading strategy debate in New York City underscores the importance of developing highly competent teachers with good leadership skills.

June 20, 2014

Teachers' Unions: Moment of Truth

Discussing the implications of the Vergara v. California case, Marc Tucker finds that teacher unions are at a critical crossroads - they can either fight to maintain blue collar working conditions or decide that they want to be true professionals and take on the associated compensation, status, risk and obligations.

May 20, 2014

Who Gets to Write the History of Teacher Quality?

Success in improving teacher quality should be measured by our country's ability to transform teaching from a blue-collar occupation to a high-status profession, not by our ability to implement teacher evaluation systems.

April 22, 2014

The Proposed Accountability Plan: A Commentary

A call for changing the culture of schools so that teachers are accountable to their professional colleagues and have more time during school hours to collaborate.

April 14, 2014

Designing a State Accountability System: Part II

Marc Tucker describes the professional role of teachers in his proposed state accountability plan.

March 29, 2014

Designing an Accountability System: Setting the Stage

Marc Tucker offers recommendations for redesigning not only our accountability scheme but our entire education system in order to provide all students the kind and quality of education formerly reserved for the elite.

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