Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. NCEE came to the conclusion almost 20 years ago that school leadership development is the most efficient driver of comprehensive school reform available.  As the old saw has it, none of us had ever seen a great school led by an incompetent...

Cross-posted at Education Week. In last week's blog, I pointed out that, when the first PISA results were released in 2001, students in Germany and the United States both performed at about the average for all countries in the survey, but Germany reacted with what came...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The lead article in our current Center for International Education Benchmarking newsletter reports on an interview with Andreas Schleicher, the head of the OECD's education program, on Germany's rise in the PISA league tables. Before the first PISA survey was administered in 2000,...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The logic seems airtight.  You are looking for a good measure of whether students are college ready.  Why not find a gold-plated measure, one that has long been used by higher education institutions for that very purpose?  Why not use the SAT? My...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I woke up this morning to an NPR interview with an Italian-American. The fellow being interviewed was a bit anguished.  He understood, he said, the problem Native Americans have with statues honoring Christopher Columbus, the man who paved the way for what...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The OECD reports that teachers' salaries in the United States now trail those of workers with similar education levels by an amount greater than the gap in ANY OTHER country examined by the OECD.  They make about 60 cents for every dollar...

Cross-posted at Education Week. President Trump recently signed on to an immigration bill proposed by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue that would slash legal immigration by half and would shift immigration policy from an emphasis on family reunification to an emphasis on skills in determining...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Lyndon Johnson, himself a former teacher, was known to tell the story of a young, unemployed teacher who applied for a job in Texas. He was asked by a school board member whether he taught that the world was round or flat. ...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Over the years, when we have visited countries whose schools outperform our own, we ask our colleagues in their ministries of education what proportion of their students are classified as what we call "special education" students.  The answer to that question in...

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