Press Releases

International Education Expert Joins NISL’S Advisory Board
October 28, 2014
The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony “Tony” Mackay as Senior Advisor to the President and Chairman of the National Institute for School Leadership’s International Advisory Board.

National Institute for School Leadership Names Felicia Cumings Smith as New CEO
January 15, 2014
After 12 years of dedicated leadership at NISL, CEO Bob Hughes has announced his retirement. He will be succeeded by Felicia Cumings Smith, who most recently served as associate commissioner of education in Kentucky. Over 7,000 educators in 21 states have completed NISL’s rigorous Executive Development program during Bob’s tenure.

What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?
May 7th, 2013
NCEE releases a report on the results of a two year study of the English Literacy and Mathematics required for success in the first year of community college.

Recent Event: Learning from the World’s Most Successful Education Systems
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 5:30 – 7 PM ET
The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) hosted an event featuring NCEE President Marc Tucker, Dean Michael J. Feuer, Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy Dr. Colin Green and Assistant Professor of International Education and International Affairs Dr. Laura Engel. Video now available:

Two of the Country’s Top Educators Join NCEE’s Board of Trustees
February 23, 2012
Robert King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and Robert Schwartz, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice in Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HSGE), join NCEE’s Board of Trustees.

NCEE Launches Research Program and Web Site Focused on the Strategies of the World’s Leading Education Systems
January 18, 2012
The Center on International Education Benchmarking will conduct research on the world’s most successful education systems. It will also offer access to information, analysis, and opinion on the education systems of the top-performing countries from all over the world through a new web portal.

Marc Tucker kicks off his new blog, Top Performers, hosted by Education Week.
November 29, 2011
The blog focuses on what we can learn from the nations leading the world in student achievement and how those lessons can help shape U.S. policy and practice.

NCEE hosts a Book Signing & Briefing with Tom Friedman, Marc Tucker, and Luke Russert
November 15, 2011
During an event moderated by NBC correspondent Luke Russert, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and NCEE President Marc Tucker discussed the failing state of the US education system and what we can do to get back on top. Both authors were on hand to sign their recently released books: Friedman’s That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind In the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back written with Michael Mandelbaum, and Tucker’s Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems.

Harvard Education Press publishes Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems
November 10, 2011
The book examines the education systems that are leading the world in student performance to find out what strategies are working and how they might apply to the United States.

High Schools in Four States Piloting Program Designed to Bring American High Schools Up To Global Standards
October 3, 2011
The new program, Excellence for All, is based on more than 20 years of research by NCEE on those countries that routinely outperform the United States on international assessments of student performance.

NCEE hosts symposium: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants featuring Secretary Duncan
May 24, 2011
During this event, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other education leaders and experts discussed the findings of NCEE’s report, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An American Agenda for Education Reform. The paper, adapted from the last two chapters of Surpassing Shanghai, demonstrates how the United States has failed to follow the successful reform paths shared by Finland, Japan, Singapore, Canada, China, and other top-performing nations. To find out more information about the event, see the agenda, view the presentation, watch the webcast or read the report.

NCEE receives grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation
May 17, 2011
NCEE receives grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to implement Board Examination System in Connecticut school.

NCEE Releases “Teachers, Their Unions and the American Education Reform Agenda”
March 2011
NCEE releases new paper prior to Education Minister’s meeting in New York City on March 15.

NCEE Collaborates with OECD on Analysis of Successful Education Systems and their Lessons for the United States
December 7, 2010
On the same day that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced the latest PISA scores that once again reveal U.S. students ranked in the middle of the pack internationally, it also released a new report co-authored by NCEE that analyzes how nations with consistently high-performing or fast-improving education systems as measured by PISA have achieved strong results. See the Full Report or the full PISA results from OECD.

NCEE Receives Endowment
August 3, 2010
NCEE announces the creation of an endowment for the not-for-profit organization, funded by the sale of its for-profit subsidiary, America’s Choice, Inc. (ACI) to Pearson.


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