Tucker’s Blog

Cross-posted from Education Week In my last blog, I described a very different approach to holding teachers accountable for the quality of their work than the approach now dominant in the United States.  The strategy I have in mind is based on professional—as opposed to blue-collar—models...

Cross-posted from Education Week In my last blog, I described the devastating effects of the prevailing American accountability system on teachers in the United States.  In this blog, I will turn the tables and describe how the countries with the best-performing education systems approach accountability system...

Cross-posted from Education Week In my last blog, I described the devastating effect of test-based accountability and the current vogue of using value added methods for teacher evaluation on the profession of teaching.  But I also acknowledged the need for strong accountability systems in public education. ...

Cross-posted from Education Week In my last blog, I pointed to the data that shows that, after 10 years of federal education policies based on test-based accountability, there has been no perceptible improvement in student performance among high school students (which, when you get right down...

Cross-posted from Education Week With each new report from the PISA surveys, the United States drifts a little further down the international rankings of national school performance.  You might think that would concentrate the minds of our federal policy makers.  What we have instead is a...

Cross-posted from Education Week Those of you who make it your business to follow the PISA survey reports know that, in 2010, the first year that PISA reported results for Shanghai, China, this megalopolis of 23 million souls came out on the top of the world's...

Cross-posted from Education Week Last October, Tom Loveless wrote a post on the Brown Center Chalkboard titled "PISA's China Problem".  In that piece, he charged that the authorities in Paris were ignoring the systematic exclusion of migrant students from the reported scores on the PISA assessment...