The publications produced by the talented researchers and academics working with NCEE have proved to be some of the most groundbreaking and influential manifestos on the problems facing our educational system today. The following is a comprehensive list of books, publications and presentations from NCEE and NCEE’s affiliated programs.


Surpassing ShanghaiSurpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems
An in depth look at 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, this book provides a series of answers to the question of how the United States can compete with the world’s best.
Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in EducationStrong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education
How have the countries at the top managed to achieve sustained high performance or to significantly improve their performance? This volume combines an analysis of PISA with a description of the policies and practices of those education systems that are close to the top or advancing rapidly, in order to offer insights for policy from their reform trajectories.

The Principal ChallengeThe Principal Challenge
Marc Tucker, Judy Codding, and a stellar list of experts from the United States and abroad paint a revealing portrait of what it means to be a principal now, how and why most graduate schools of education have failed to provide the training principals need, what the military and business sectors do to create and support their leaders and managers, what the state of the art in professional training looks like, what other nations are doing to address this problem, and how to apply the very best practices in the world to solve the crisis in school leadership.

The New American High SchoolThe New American High School
This book is designed for the leadership of reform at the high school, district, and state levels; for policymakers instrumental in these reforms; and to university faculty and graduate students in education. It will be a valuable resource in courses on leadership, administration, policy, curriculum and instruction, and change facilitation.

Standards for Our SchoolsStandards for Our Schools
This timely, tough-minded book shows how American public schools can be saved by instituting high standards for academic achievement. It explains not just what the standards movement is about and why it is important, but also what it will take to bring every student up to high standards, no matter where that student starts.


ChinaVETwebInternational Comparative Study of Leading Vocational Education Systems
In this series of reports, CIEB explores vocational and technical education systems from around the world to draw out what other countries can learn from them. The series includes three reports: The Phoenix: Vocational Education and Training in Singapore, Made in China: Challenge and Innovation in China’s Vocational Education and Training System, and Gold Standard: The Swiss Vocational Education and Training System.

Fixing Our National Accountability SystemFixing Our National Accountability System
This report calls for replacing the current U.S. system of test-based accountability with a system much more likely to result in improvements in student performance. In it, Marc 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.

Chinese LessonsChinese Lessons: Shanghai’s Rise to the Top of the PISA League Tables
This compilation of interviews with top Chinese education leaders and international researchers explores some of the policies and practices behind Shanghai’s outstanding performance on PISA 2009 and PISA 2012. The interviews include perspectives from Kai-ming Cheng, Tom Corcoran, Ben Jensen, Vivien Stewart, and Minzuan Zhang.

What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?What Does It Really Mean to be College and Work Ready?
A study of the English Literacy and Mathematics required for success in the first year of community college, with implications for community college reform, school reform, teacher education, the common core state standards, and vocational education and the workplace.
Governing American EducationGoverning American Education
Marc Tucker outlines the school governance structures used in the top-performing countries around the world in an effort to draw out lessons for the United States. The report argues that school governance might be the most important topic in American education today and that we will not be able to meet the challenges that now face us until we rethink the way we approach education policy.

Teachers, Their Unions and the American Education Reform AgendaTeachers, Their Unions and the American Education Reform Agenda
One would never guess that the countries that are among the top ten in student performance have some of the strongest teachers unions in the world. Are those unions in some way different from American teachers unions? This report addresses that question by comparing teachers and their unions in Canada and Northern Europe with those in the United States.

Standing on the Shoulders of GiantsStanding on the Shoulders of Giants: An American Agenda for Education Reform
This paper is the answer to a question: What would the education policies and practices of the United States be if they were based on the policies and practices of the countries that now lead the world in student performance? It is adapted from the last two chapters of Surpassing Shanghai.

Older Reports

Country Background Reports
Over several decades NCEE has been studying what makes the best education systems in the world stand out. Click to browse a set of Country Background Reports on the development and implementation of some of the worlds leading education systems, including Flemish Belgium, Canada, Denmark, China, Finland, England, Ireland, the Czech Republic, India and Italy.

Workforce Development Program PublicationsArchive
NCEE’s Workforce Development Program provided policymakers, states, localities, and others the advice and assistance needed to build comprehensive workforce development systems that meet the needs of America’s workers, jobseekers, and employers.  In 2009, the WDSG joined forces with Jobs for the Future and created a new Workforce and Education Policy Group to forward this mission. An archive of WDSG publications is available here.

Tough Choices or Tough Times State Consortium Publications Archive
An archive of publications from a group of leading-edge states working to implement the recommendations in the report, Tough Choices or Tough Times.

New Standards-Archive
New Standards is a joint project of the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh and the National Center on Education and the Economy. Beginning in 1991 the project culminated in the publication of New Standards Performance Standards, a set of internationally competitive performance standards in English language arts, mathematics, science and applied learning at the 4th, 8th and 10th grade levels. The standards are no longer in print, but can be downloaded here in PDF form.

A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century
The Report of the Task Force on Teaching as a Profession, from the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy.


Marc Tucker’s remarks on receiving the 2014 James Bryant Conant Award from the Education Commission of the States.

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