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.
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November 05, 2015
July 01, 2015
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
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
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
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
Marc Tucker responds to Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody and their critique of the report "Fixing Our National Accountability System."
July 16, 2014
Why the current incentive structure for school leaders does not support the goal of substantially improving student performance.
April 28, 2014
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
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
Marc Tucker explains that there is no evidence that test-based accountability, for schools or for teachers, actually improves student achievement.