Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week It looks now as though the Congress will reauthorize its latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  If it passes in the form that has been approved by the Congressional conference committee, it will provide a lot of latitude to...

Cross-posted at Education Week On October 21, Education Week published a response from James Harvey and Charles Fowler to a blog I wrote about their report, The Iceberg Effect, in which I held up that report as an example of many reports that attempt to discredit...

Cross-posted at Education Week I've just read the new announcement from the Ford Foundation describing the direction the foundation will take under its new President, Darren Walker. It is a deeply thoughtful and quite radical statement of priorities. It tells us not only what the foundation...

Cross-posted at Education Week Last week's news regarding disappointing results on the most recent administration of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) certainly made some waves. Scores decreased for both assessed grade levels in math, decreased for 8th graders in reading, and were flat in...

Cross-posted at Education Week Readers of this blog will know that I also write a regular piece for the Center on International Education Benchmarking's monthly newsletter.  After my recent piece on technology in the classroom, my friend Ron Wolk and I carried on a dialogue about...

Cross-posted at Education Week The most enduring feature of the American education system is its character as a sorting machine. But you would never know it from the way we think about our education system. Many American teachers think of tracking students as a particularly European vice,...

Cross-posted at Education Week The debate we are now carrying on about the Common Core is very odd.  Putatively a debate about what the standards should be, it is really about what level of government should be setting the standards.  Only at the margins are we...

Cross-posted at Education Week On the one hand we have California's drought. On the other hand we have the stunning collapse of the quality of the nation's workforce.  Both represent clear and present dangers of the most dramatic kind. California, without skipping a beat, makes one...

Cross-posted at Education Week I recently came across a report you have probably never heard of titled The Iceberg Effect. It represents itself as the report of a serious international comparative research study, claiming to put the international comparisons of national student performance into a new...

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