Tucker’s Blog

Cross-posted from Education Week I read a news story the other day that made my heart sink.  It was written by a professor in a business school at a public university.  He told a tale in which his colleagues agreed that the writing skills of their...

Cross-posted from Education Week I had an interesting conversation with Motoko Rich, the New York Times education reporter, the other day. We were talking about the reactions of Americans not just to the fact that the United States' place on the OECD-PISA league tables is falling,...

Cross-posted from Education Week Three years ago, the OECD asked our organization to help them prepare what has turned out to be the first in a series of reports, Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Lessons From PISA for the United States.  We began that...

Cross-posted from Education Week So the top-performing countries move a little further ahead of us and the gap widens.  In most OECD countries this news would be a call to arms.  Their education leaders would be combing the PISA data on the top-performers to see what...

Cross-posted from Education Week If vocational education is so important, how come the U.S. economy is doing so well?  The United States is not on anyone's list of countries with the best vocational education and training systems.  But the U.S. economy is surprisingly healthy compared to...

Cross-posted from Education Week The subject was the public's reaction to the introduction of the Common Core in New York State.  The venue was a middle school near Albany.  In the hot seat was John King, New York State's Commissioner of Education, conducting a three-hour hearing. ...