Tucker’s Blogs

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...

Cross-posted at Education Week Gloom settles on the land.  California just released the scores from its administration of the Smarter Balanced tests and the news is not good.  But then the State Superintendent told everyone they would not be good.  The standards, he said, have been...

Cross-posted at Education Week Our school superintendents last in their jobs now only three to four years, on average. The rate of turnover among our chief state school officers is unprecedented. It seems that fewer and fewer people are interested in applying for these jobs.  They...

Cross-posted at Education Week The news now is full of stories about teacher shortages.  States and districts are putting up giant billboards, and granting emergency certificates so that people who have not even finished their teacher education program can teach school and teachers certified to teach...

Cross-posted at Education Week In my last blog post, I described our National Institute for School Leadership and its very successful principal training program.  And then I said that we are about to introduce a new perspective into the content of that program, content that will...

Cross-posted at Education Week NCEE, the organization I head, runs the biggest and most successful program for training school principals in the United States, the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL).  But we see a way to make it even better.  We are more convinced than...

Cross-posted at Education Week I'm really looking forward to our sailing trip next month. I've been wondering lately what you have been thinking about what you want to do after high school.  At 16, this must seem to you to be a long way away, but...

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