This week on Marc Tucker's Edweek blog:
Accountability systems for surgeons have created perverse incentives leaving the best doctors increasingly unwilling to take on the toughest medical cases. The parallels to schools and teachers are clear.
Switzerland has the fourth highest per capita income in the world, a vibrant and innovative economy, and miniscule unemployment, thanks in no small part to it's vocational education and training (VET) system, arguably the most successful such system in the world. This new report, the third in CIEB's study of VET systems, sheds new light on the Swiss VET system, how businesses play—and benefit from—a central role in the training of a highly skilled workforce, and the seamless connections between VET and the broader Swiss education system.
Click here to key takeaways or to access the full report. CIEB's recent report on the Chinese VET system is available here.
In this new report, Marc Tucker, NCEE’s President, calls for replacing the current system of test-based accountability with a system much more likely to result in improvements in student performance. Tucker points out that the current system has not only failed to improve the performance of the at-risk students it was designed to help, but has alienated the best of our current teachers and created an environment in which able young people choosing careers are less likely to choose teaching. Click to read more and download the report.
Marc Tucker Receives ECS James Bryant Conant Award
The Education Commission of the States has awarded Marc Tucker the 2014 James Bryant Conant Award, one of the most prestigious honors in the education community. The Conant Award, named for the co-founder of ECS and former president of Harvard University, recognizes outstanding individual contributions to American education.
Debate rages over how many hours Maryland students should be tested each year
Marc S. Tucker argues that schools should only give standardized tests three times in a student's school career: at the end of fifth, eighth and 11th grades. The argument gained some traction recently when former President Bill Clinton suggested similar testing. Teachers unions have also signed on to the idea. Click to read more.
The Center on International Education Benchmarking (CIEB) conducts research on the world's most successful education systems. It offers access to information, analysis, and opinion on these systems through its web portal. Learn More
NCEE's pilot school program, Excellence for All, brings the system of aligned instruction and examinations used by best-performing countries to U.S. high schools. Learn More
The National Institute for School Leadership’s Executive Development Program gives districts the capacity to strengthen the leadership of both serving principals and aspiring leaders, and is proven to raise student achievement.