Tucker’s Blogs

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...

Cross-posted at Education Week An interesting story appeared on the op-ed  page of the New York Times on July 22.  In it, Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist, tells a story of accountability gone awry.  It seems that a number of states got a bright idea a while...

Cross-posted at Education Week In the more than a quarter of a century that our organization has been researching the world's top-performing education systems, we have yet to see one that lacks a very strong instructional core.  Conversely, we rarely see such strong instructional cores in...

Cross-posted at Education Week I find myself reading the news regarding the ESEA reauthorization with a certain gnashing of teeth. Fed up with what they see—legitimately—as all-consuming federal overreach, the Congress seeks to move the center of gravity back to the states. But it seems to...

Cross-posted at Education Week The table next to my bed is always stacked with a changing array of books waiting to be read, very much like the airplanes stacked in the approach pattern to major airports, waiting to land.  Some are recently written and in the...

Cross-posted at Education Week Why do some countries grow rich and others languish in poverty?  This is the question addressed in a very important new book, The Knowledge Capital of Nations, by Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann, and in a paper by the same authors titled,...

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