Marc S. Tucker

Marc has been a leader of the standards-driven education reform movement for many years. He is President Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington, DC. He is an internationally recognized expert on academic and occupational standards and assessment, and has also been among the leaders in researching the policies and practices of the countries with the best education systems in the world. Tucker served in the 1970s as the Associate Director of the National Institute of Education, in charge of the nation’s government-funded research on education policy. He then created the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy at Carnegie Corporation of New York, and authored its report, A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century. He led the Carnegie Forum team as it created the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and served as the Board’s first president. Tucker then founded the National Center on Education and the Economy and, in that role, created the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, the New Standards Consortium, America’s Choice (a comprehensive school reform program), the National Institute for School Leadership and Excellence for All (a high school reform program). Tucker was appointed by President Clinton to the National Skill Standards Board. He has been a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and was the recipient of the ECS 2014 James Bryant Conant Award for outstanding individual contributions to American education. He has also served as author, co-author or editor of many articles and several books and reports, including, America’s Choice: high skills or low wages!; Standards for Our Schools: How to Set Them, Measure Them and Reach Them; Thinking for a Living: Education and the Wealth of Nations; The Principal Challenge; Tough Choices or Tough Times; Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems; and Leading High-Performance School Systems: Lessons from the World’s Best.

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