Marc has been a leader of the standards-driven education reform movement for many years. Mr. Tucker created New Standards, a 23-state consortium designed to develop internationally benchmarked student performance standards and matching student examinations. He authored the 1986 Carnegie Report, A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century, which called for a restructuring of America’s schools based on standards; created the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; created the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce and co-authored its report, America’s Choice: high skills or low wages!, which called for a new high school leaving a certificate based on standards; and, was instrumental in creating the National Skill Standards Board and served as the chairman of its committee on standards and assessment policy.
With Ray Marshall, Mr. Tucker co-authored Thinking for a Living: Education and the Wealth of Nations, selected by Business Week as one of the ten best business books of 1992; with Judy Codding, co-authored Standards for Our Schools: How to Set Them, Measure Them, and Reach Them, published in 1998; and co-edited The Principal Challenge, 2002. Mr. Tucker created the National Institute of School Leadership, a state-of-the-art executive development program for school leaders. Mr. Tucker was the lead author of Tough Choices or Tough Times, the report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. In 2014, the Education Commission of the States awarded Mr. Tucker the James Bryant Conant award for his outstanding individual contribution to American education. Mr. Tucker currently has an appointment as a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.