Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. My organization decided a few weeks back that we needed to hire a new professional staff person. We had close to 500 applicants. Inasmuch as the task was to help us communicate information related to the work we do, we gave each...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Check out the October 12 edition of Flypaper, The Fordham Institute's newsletter, and you will find a very thoughtful commentary from Checker Finn on the proposal from Theresa May, Britain's new Prime Minister, to resurrect that country's grammar schools.  These are the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Another year has come and is now headed for the exit, headlines are filled with terms like "polar vortex" and "President-Elect Trump", and I am once again reminded of how grateful I am to have an outlet like this blog to connect...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Many people know that the United States has for years performed very poorly on the OECD's PISA comparative survey of national student performance of 15-year-olds.  However, Massachusetts has participated in the last two surveys, and, in this last one, emerged as a...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The PISA 2015 results show no meaningful change in the performance of U.S. students since 2012 in science and reading and a decline in mathematics.  Yes, there is a story here about mathematics, but that is not all there is here.  This...

Cross-posted at Education Week. After talking with my friend Harry Spence about the election the other day, it occurred to me that you might be as interested as I was in what he had to say.  Spence, an attorney who has never practiced law, is the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Congratulations!  You confounded all the pundits, refused to be repackaged by those around you, ran a campaign that almost everyone said could not possibly work and then pulled it off.  Now you need to govern. The measure of your success will be...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Let's try a thought experiment.  Imagine that you are the new superintendent of schools in a city school district in which the majority of students live in concentrated poverty.  You conceive of your job as getting your students ready for some sort...

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