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WHO IS Marc Tucker? The Music Man of Education Reform

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picture of marc tucker (ncee)

"but we don't have any trouble in this town ....we need to create a desperate need in this town for a boys band"

You've got trouble right here in River City
That's Trouble which starts with T
which rhymes with P which stands for Pool!

From the musical The Music Man

Marc Tucker is the music man of education reform. His National Center for the Education and Economy has signed up enough states, districts and cities to cover as many as half of the public school children in the United States. Most states are following his original blueprint, outlined by "America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages!" of adapting the German model where most students exit high school at grade 10 and work in industry as low paid apprentices, or become unemployed.

Outcome Based education was re-worked into School To Work with unbelievably difficult performance based assessments with even higher minority failure rates than the old tests, and now if you get a low score, you not only rank at the bottom, but you will be denied the 10th grade Certificate of Mastery, the replacement for 12th grade Diploma which will be the passport to college and well-paying jobs.

If your school is adopting world class standards for lifelong learning for the 21st century, raising the bar, or promising that all will succeed, this is the man probably responsible for starting it all.

Marc Tucker's infamous letter to Hillary Clinton has been reprinted at the web site below, and it was read into the congressional record in Sept. 1998 by Rep. Bob Schaffer (CO). It cost him $7000 of his own money to do so. And before Clinton, Tucker was instrumental in selling his ideas to George Bush who created the first version of what would be come Goals 2000 and School To Work.

Letter from Marc Tucker to Hillary Clinton
A supporting document is published at Barbara Tennison's web site:

"A Human Resources Development Plan for the United States" by Marc Tucker
link Highlights of Human Resources Plan being implemented by Republicans. "we create a seamless web of opportunities that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone guided by clear standards and regulated on the basis of outcomes" STANDARDS SHALL BE SET UP FOR ALL 20 JOB CATEGORIES: "There are national standards and exams for no more than 20 broad occupational areas, each of which can lead to many occupations in a number of related industries. "

Marc Tucker is the Music Man of education, declaring that there is "trouble in River City" and that we should give our money to him and his programs. He doesn't leave town, but will leave a generation of kids miseducated in his quest for a utopian educationally classless society where "all but the most severely disabled will perform at the highest levels".

He is most powerful man behind the movement towards education "restructuring", which is the same movement accused of the "dumbing down" education. Dianne Fessler of Ohio observes that NCEE has managed to become the unelected default sole-source of national education reform, unlike health-care reform which was openly debated and defeated in congress. NCEE brags that the CIM will be the ticket to high paying jobs, while condemning all who do not get the CIM to dead end jobs or welfare. The standards currently set typically fail 50%-70% of students who take their tests so far, despite optimistic statements by participants that "all but the most disabled will succeed".

Almost all roads to education reform and conspiracy theories invariably lead back to Marc Tucker. He did not invent Outcome Based Education, Block Scheduling, Authentic Assessment, etc. But he is the one who has assembled this witches brew and sewn together a Frankenstein's monster of every latest education fad under the sun, harnessed the latest in public relations, assembled a massive consortium at the district, state, and federal level with support from private foundations, corporations, and the enough of the government education industry to cover 50% of US K12 students. He is the one that deserves the most credit for seeing this new movement adopted by schools before the parents know what's hitting their kids.

The philosophical foundations of his program are identical to Outcome Based Education which aims to eliminate tracking and ranking, and holds that all but the most profoundly disabled will achieve to ghest world class standards, a vision many say looks socialist, Marxis, Utopian, and just plain unrealistic.

This is a task as large or even larger than Ira Magaziner's and Hillary Clinton's campaign to restructure the health reform system, but so far this education movement has met only scattered and slight resistance in the form of parents groups and their web sites in cities across the US.

Over two years ago, a copy of a letter to Hillary Clinton from Marc Tucker of the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) first surfaced. Mr. Tucker's letter, sent to congratulate Hillary and then president-elect Bill Clinton, outlines in scrupulous detail the NCEE's plan for "human resource management" in the United States. Many of the plans and programs currently being implemented in many states, including Workforce Investment Boards and Certificates of Mastery, are a direct result of this proposal. The widely publicized assessment programs in Washington and several other states are also under the direction of his organizations. Read the full text of the letter - all 18 pages of it - and you cannot continue to believe, as the state Department of Education would like us to, that all these programs are "home grown".

He was originally with the Carnegie foundation, got involved in turning Rochester School into a laboratory for school reform. His National Center on Education and the Economy is the architect of the principles of School to Work, behind the New American Schools Corporation, and the National Alliance for the Restructing of Education.


   Marc Tucker
        Carnegie Forum on the Education and Economy
        |+President: National Center on Education and the Economy
           |+ National Alliance for Restructuring Education 
           |  (one design team for New American Schools Corporation)
           ++ New Standards
           ++ Workforce Development Program (School-To-Work)
             works with National Skills Standards Board
        Member: National Skills Standards Board

        Contracted with enough states and districts to cover over 50% of 
        public school children

Just for the record... Here is a list of states who partnered with Tucker's New Standards Project: (thanks to schulmom) Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Iowa Kentucky Maine New York Oregon South Carolina Texas Vermont Virgina and Washington This district partners include: Forth Worth Pittsburgh Rochester (N.Y.) San Diego White Plains (N.Y.) Southern Style: Who IS Marc Tucker @@America's Choice, High Skills or Low Wages:

The Mein Kampf of School To Work / Standards Based Education

This is the original 1990 report of NCEE's Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. It was the first to propose the now widely copied model of outcome based education with performance / standards based assessment and aligned curricullum and a 10th grade certificate of mastery. It is only available for $20 from NCEE. "the landmark 1990 report America's Choice: high skills or low wages! in which we launched the NCEE's proposal for the Certificate of Initial Mastery as part of a new education, employment and training system restructured for the 21st century. " To order: It is also laid out in the "Dear Hillary" letter:
And his Human Resources Development Plan "A Human Resources Development Plan for the United States" by Marc Tucker
link OVER 20 STATES FOLLOWING THE AMERICA'S CHOICE REPORT Title: Rhode Island's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages Source: Providence, RI: Rhode Island Skill Commission, May 1992 "Since the release of America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages, more than 20 states have taken steps to implement the report's recommendations." AMERICA'S CHOICE PLANTED STW School to Work - Introduction ... The 1990 report, "America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages!" brought attention to the fact that many of the students leaving America's high schools lacked ... - OREGON REFORM BASED ON AMERICA'S CHOICE ETA US DOL Employment and Training Administration Oregon is marching ahead on policies recommended in America's Choice: High Skills of Low Wages!, the report by the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. ... Other related reform initiatives: NATIONAL REFORM INITIATIVES z48\clipim\2001\02\22\skill\skill.htm * America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages! - June, 1990 This highly acclaimed report describes the critical challenges that Americans will face as the economy transitions. It outlines the choice between the high performance/high wage skills-based economy and the contrasting low skill/low wage economy. The report recommended that a comprehensive system of technical and professional certificates be developed including the Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM). The certificate would document that an individual possessed academic and workplace basic skills needed in today's economy * What Work Requires of Schools: SCANS Report for America 2000 - June, 1991 * Public Hearings on Voluntary Skill Standards Projects - 1992 * Goals 2000: Educate America Act - January, 1994 * Establishment of National Skill Standards Board - 1994 * School-to-Work Opportunities Act - May, 1994 * Occupational Information Network -1995 to Present @@Attacks The New American (John Birch soceity) July 22, 1996 Orwellian Education The totalitarian design behind "School to Work" \clip\98\09\reaged.txt This is the first part of Mie Reagan's talk show piece on Marc Tucker STW and OBE, it's the frst national exposre of this issue - it's finally hit the conservative talk show cicuit at least. This movement is the foundation of WA reforms which were designed by Tucker, not local committees. IKE REAGAN TAKES TUCKER/STW/OBE NATIONAL \clip\98\09\reaged.txt The Reagan Information Interchange AN OVERVIEW OF THE CLINTON'S TAKEOVER OF EDUCATION BY BRANNON S. HOWSE HILLARY AND HER FRIENDS MAKE THEIR PLANS On November 11, 1992 Marc Tucker, the president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, wrote Hillary Clinton the following letter. @@cLINTON, HILLARY HILLARY PAID $100,000 TO SIT ON NCEE MEETINGS z43\doc\web\2000\07\hillar.txt Governor George Pataki's reaction at the time was typical: "To pay $100,000 to an Arkansas lawfirm out of scarce state education dollars where it seems no vital services were performed is an outrage." The story first surfaced in New York Newsday in April 1994. Back then reporter Lou Dolinar uncovered some very curious details about the NCEE: "The center, an educational think tank, was heavily salted with Democrats and the president's political supporters, including Ira Magaziner, who worked on the Clinton administration's health care proposal with Hillary Clinton. The center's chairman was John Sculley, then head of Apple Computer and a principal Clinton backer." @@College Locke Proposes Tucker Idea of Free 2 yrs of college to those who pass CIM in 10th grade \doc\web\98\10\locken.txt Locke: Boost Enrollment. His plan would provide more college scholarships Roberto Sanchez. Seattle Times Dec 8, 1998 Gov Locke's higher education budget for 1999-2001 includes $136 million to expand college enrollment, provide scholarships, etc, heavily influenced by 20/20 commission on higher education. Proposes that eventually all who pass state standards (get cim) get this scholarship. @@Conference \doc\web\98\03\ncee.txt Mr. Tucker and Ms. Judy Codding’s book, Standards for Our Schools, just happened to come out the morning of the conference. It reiterates the same standards rejected by California’s State Board of Education. "Standards based reform: Certification set to standards; assessments set to standards; curricula set to standards. Just opposite of normal thinking..." "Standards stipulate a level of performance that all students will attain—period. Everyone but the most severely handicapped will get it." @@Cuomo CUOMO FUNDED $5M FOR NCEE FROM NY STATE FUNDS z43\doc\web\2000\07\hillar.txt Newsday's 1994 report failed to raise investigator's eyebrows at the time. Why? Probably because those empowered to investigate answered to the Clintons' number one New York Democratic Party ally, Governor Mario Cuomo. In fact, it was Cuomo himself who created the NCEE with a $5 million state grant. @@Federal Contracts DEPARTMENT AWARDS $12.7 MILLION IN CONTRACTS FOR COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL REFORM DESIGNS link Marc Tucker wins another windfall in "redesigning" our children's education. These are the same "New Standards" that says that all high school students should be expected to put in 40 hour weeks over 7 months designing and building an electric car with the assistance of an adult willing to weld the chassis together and design an innovative new suspension system (See Tucker's book "Standards for Our Schools). From: National Center on Education and the Economy: America's Choice Design Costs: 1st year $1,940,327. Five year total $10,198,136. The Design calls for an extensive system of safety nets intended to make sure that all students reach the standards, no matter where they start. These include intensive courses for entering students, an after-hours tutoring program, and a dropout recovery program. @@Fessler THE FESSLER REPORT Revised May 2, 1997 A Report on the Work Toward National Standards, Assessments and Certificates z46\clipim\2000\11\02\fessler.pdf 67 pages "The NCEE/Commission made recommendations to the NCEE board for the creation of five interlocking systems. The remainder of this report is divided into chapters that correspond to NCEE's five systems. I refer to these systems collectively, as The System: A system to certify student readiness to enter the workforce A system of Youth Centers for those not certified labor ready A system of occupational certificates A system of finance for education and workforce training, and A system of labor market boards to pull it all together" Seven states [Oregon, New York, Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Washington] have adopted the CIM idea as state policy Family of programs: New Standards Program National Alliance for Restructuring Education Workforce Skills Program High Performance Management Program Tier I - General Standards for everyone. Standards for what "everyone ought to know and be able to do" When an individual meets the standards, as verified by assessment, he receives a Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) and becomes eligible for work or more schooling. Fessler notes it it not only audacious to set standards for others, but even more for government schools to assess -- and then reward or punish people based on whether such standards are attained Tier II - occupational certificates Tier III - job specific training. Collectively, NCEE/New Standards partners teach more than half of the public school students in the United States. Partners paid from 100-500,000 dollars per year into a national system. NCEE expects that all students, except the most severely disabled will meet the standards by the time they are sixteen, regardless of career and education plans. Those who receive a CIM will get further education and good jobs. ** Workers who do not possess CIMS "will be condemned to dead end jobs that leave them in poverty even if they are working". The standards are set at an international level of what everyone ought to know and be able to do. @@General Articles / @@news link 2/2005: TUCKER SWITCHES TO FOR-PROFIT, WINES AND DINES LEGISLATORS IN MINNESOTA Go to Education Week and search for Marc Tucker: Bumped into these new Marc S. Tucker links, for those of you keeping tabs. Jeanne Center for Career Development - Board Keynote Speakers Restructuring and Learning with Technology >Subject: Teaching to the test - Tucker1 July 13, 1994 Teaching To The Test By Debra Viadero [other tucker articles from edloop archives] STANDARDS MUST BE PERFORMANCE NOT CONTENT STANDARDS \clip\98\09\23tucker.htm education Week on the web Raising Our Standards For the Standards Movement By Marc Tucker and Judy Codding Standards-based education will not work without incentives and consequences. Almost every state either has academic standards or is producing them. But the main problem is that these content standards are difficult, if not impossible, to use for any practical purposes because they are not performance standards. A politically driven state education board there narrowed the whole math curriculum into little more than the mastery of math facts and algorithms. What they decided to leave out was any need for students to understand the concepts that underlie the facts and formulas, or to use the algorithms they master to solve problems of the kind they will encounter in real life. The result is that few states have standards that are internationally benchmarked, describe a curriculum that can actually be taught, include an emphasis on conceptual understanding and applications as well as basic knowledge and skills, and incorporate examples of student work that meets the standards. [explains certificate of mastery at 16, will be required for all jobs and colleges] The districts and schools using the New Standards performance standards and assessments our organization has developed have learned as much. They are discovering that the available materials cannot be assembled into a coherent curriculum that fits any well-designed standards [that's what happens when you toss the textbooks in formulating standards that deliberately ignore them] Notes on book: p.194 redesign hs to cim hs-col prep- prof/tech - 4 yr college p.193 AP course is like G13 in germany gymnasium p.192 all students to get CIM - no open admission school has ever attempted this p.173 Danish 12-13 like 3rd yr of college Foleskole is technical oriented college, claims grads are more valuable than university? because job oriented p.175 our ed prepares elites for selective colleges as an ideal, leaving the vast majority to enter adult life with inadequate academic skills and very little knowledge and skills for rewarding careers p.178 students from any track can go to college book features ridiculous soda bottle from hell G10 task, G10 electric car project ehere adult welds chassis 202-783-3668 Mary Ann Mays claims projects wetre real, trailer and electric car "Failing our kids: States seek new standards for failing schools by Susan Young, Bangor Daily News SERIES: Setting Standards, December 21, 1996 \clip\98\09\susan.htm Instigated by business leaders and politicians, the movement has angered conservatives concerned about a state-controlled curriculum and liberal educators worried about an overemphasis on rote learning. "There are no incentives for American kids to take tough courses and do well in them," said Marc Tucker, president of the Center for Education and the Economy. The quality of the homework doesn't matter."' National Standards: Where Do They Stand? By Scott Willis Vol. 39, Number 2 March 1997 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Web Site. \clip\98\09\natlstan.htm "those writing the standards tended to overreact to the mindless ways in which their subjects are sometimes taught, Tucker says. As a result, the math standards downplay computation, while the English standards slight grammar and spelling. The gulf between the public and the standards documents regarding what's important to teach creates "a serious credibility problem." \clip\98\09\schlafly.htm The Clinton Master Plan To Take Over Education by Phyllis Schlafly February 19, 1997 When health plan author Ira Magaziner and other Friends of Bill and Hillary< developed a parallel plan to take over the entire U.S. educational system, they used a very different strategy. They dispersed its coercive mandates among several federal statutes, bureaucratic regulations, a strange relationship between the Departments of Education and Labor, state legislation (whose authorship traces to a common source), and grant applications submitted by states seeking federal funding. \clip\98\09\tuck2.htm Tuesday, February 18, 1997 To Set Tougher Standards, Greater Effort Is Required By David Broder The Washington Post "Marc Tucker, who has headed up an effort that has developed a set of tough standards for elementary, secondary and high schools and is encouraging their adoption by individual states and school districts" \clip\98\09\marctf.txt Marc Tucker and Friends Move Agenda Forward (Eagle Forum) NCEE manages New Standards, a partnership involving 19 states, which "has produced the nation's most comprehensive and integrated internationally-benchmarked performance standards for the schools." \doc\web\98\04\marcpbs.txt CORRECTING THE CURRICULUM What should be done to improve our students' education? March 24, 1998 [Answering your questions will be Marc S. Tucker, president of the National Center of Education and Economy and the co-director of the New Standards Project; Jeanne Allen, president of The Center for Education Reform; and Gerry Wheeler, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association.] \clip\98\05\newscl07.txt 2/22/98 Some District Teachers Become Students of Higher Academic Standards By Valerie Strauss Washington Post Staff Writer "This isn't just a fad," Marge Sable, of the National Center on Education and the Economy set up by principals. Sable said that educators must jump on a modern racing model and adopt new teaching concepts. For example, she said, instead of teaching algebra, geometry and other math courses in a sequence over several years, the concepts would be integrated into math courses and taught earlier. Once learned, the standards will be easy to teach. School officials recently signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with Sable's National Center on Education and the Economy, a nonprofit group that has developed standards with input from national education groups. \clip\98\05\hiskoo.txt ED WEEK, 2/18/98 RAISING OUR STANDARDS FOR THE STANDARDS MOVEMENT By Marc Tucker and Judy Codding ED WEEK, 2/11/98 REFORMERS SEEK END TO COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOLS By Millicent Lawton Limit classes to 12, get rid of the comprehensive high school, deny jobs to anyone who does not get a CIM, etc. From: "Bob & Barbara Tennison" Subject: Quotable Quotes & Other Stuff Date sent: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 23:33:12 -0800 But I thought I would enlighten some of you newer folks with some quotable quotes and other stuff. October 1984 - William Spady then director of the Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, said "educators need to consider alternative teaching methods, such as "mastery learning," and must be willing to experiment with programs that depart from traditional teaching methods. January 1985 -- The Carnegie Corporation of New York -- announced the creation of a multi-million dollar initiative designed to help chart U.S. education policy during the next 10 years. In 1983, the foundation awarded $20 million in grants to 21 schools, colleges, and universities and 57 other organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Children's Foundation, and the Education Commission of the States. (note: they don't miss a trick, do they?) Marc Tucker, a former associate director the National Institute of Education will serve as executive director. Mr. Tucker, who will direct the forum's four-member staff in Washington D.C., has recently completed work on a project funded by the Carnegie Corporation, analyzing the potential and problems involved in the use of new information technologies in education. January 1985 - Marc Tucker -- newly appointed director of the Carngie Forum on Education and the Economy, disagreed that there is a computer revolution in schools but acknowledged that, if the climate of opinion changes and the ratio of computers to students increases, textbooks will have to be rewritten to account for the use of computers . January 1986 -- Lamar Alexander, Gov. of Tennessee and chairman of the National Governor's Association -- launched the NGA's education initiative last summer, claiming that it would help "set the American Education Agenda for the next 5 years." At the insistence of other governors, Governor Alexander has directed the nga's standing subcommittee on education to focus this year on vocational education -- creating, in effect, an eighth task force. And two of the other task forces have been renamed at the request of their two chairmen. The task force on readiness, for example, is focusing on a completely different topic than the one originally intended for it. That task force, chaired by Gov. Richard W. Riley of South Carolina, a Democrat, was supposed to study early-childhood education. But Governor Riley preferred to examine strategies to help students at all levels meet the higher standards that states have set during the current reform movement. (Note the date is 1986 and we didn't hear much about education reform until around 1992 and 1993 when bubba took office.) Gregory R. Anrig, president of the Educational Testing service, recommended that states compete with each other for the best teachers. He also recommended that states recruit teachers from among early retirees from other professions, such as the military, and slumping industries. Governor Kean, however questioned whether competition between the states would allow the wealthier states to buy up the best teachers. And MARC TUCKER of the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy pointed out that teachers who cross state lines lose their seniority and most of their pensions. Mr. Tucker suggested that states enlarge the pool of potential teachers by requiring a strong liberal-arts background, rather than a degree in education. March 1987 -- Marc Tucker -- (at an NCATE meeting) -- During it's meeting, the board also spent an hour with Marc Tucker, executive director of the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy, in a discussion of how the forum's proposed national certification board for teachers might relate to national accreditation. Mr. Tucker, who is now working with a 33-member planning group to establish such a board by this summer, said that the issue of accreditation is one that the board itself will have to address, once it is established. According to Mr. Tucker,both accreditation and certification are "a very important part of the puzzle in the creation of standards for teachers." He added, however, that poor public perceptions of the institutions that train teachers make it unlikely that "accreditation is going to be the primary route for improving teacher education." September 1992 -- New American Schools -- One of the most closely watched grant competitions in American education came to a close this summer when the NASDC selected 11 design teams out of 686 competitors to pursue their vision of radically different and more productive schools. The size of the individual awards instill being negotiated. The list of winners ranges from some of the biggest names in American Education -- James Comer, Theodore Sizer and MARC TUCKER. December 1992 -- Ira Magaziner -- a top Clinton advisor, recently told the Wall Street Journal that he was advocating billions of dollars in increased spending on education and training until he found out the impact that spending would have on the deficit. (Well duh! it didn't seem to slow the train down any did it?) ***************** This information has been culled from various Education Week Articles. The complete articles can be found in the Education Week Archives. Go to: Click on Archives. A search screen will appear with dates below it. click on 1981, type Marc Tucker (or any other name you are searching in the archives) and hit search. A wealth of information can be had. TUCKER STARTS THE NCEE IN 1988 \clip\97\29\roches.txt Education Week on the web January 13, 1988 Rochester Site of Research Center By Lynn Olson " The National Center on Education and the Economy will be headed by Marc S. Tucker, former executive director of the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy. The institute will work collaboratively with the school and university systems in Rochester to test out some of the ideas explored in the forum's 1986 report, A Nation Prepared:4Teachers for the 21st Century. The center has received a $200,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. " \clip\97\28\carept.txt April 1, 1992 Task Force Calls for Revamping Calif. High Schools By Lonnie Harp A California task force has called for an overhaul of the state's high schools aimed at upgrading courses and strengthening the connection between school and work. [California, Oregon, Tennesee and nearly a dozen states embrace Tucker's 1990 High Skills report] RAISING THE BAR AEDF is taking the lead in the upstream struggle against watered down education by initiating industry-approved higher standards. By Mike McGinty (Associated Equipment Distributors) \clip\97\28\aedf\aedf.htm Among the growing number of organizations that wants to raise the bar for education standards at all levels is The National Center On Education And The Economy (NCEE), based in Rochester, N.Y. In a report published by a blue-ribbon committee of business, education, labor and professional leaders, NCEE observed: "Unlike virtually all of our leading competitors, we have no national system capable of setting high academic standards for the non-college bound, or for assessing their achievement against those standards." Education Week January 11, 1995 Backlash Puts Standards WorkIn Harm's Way By Karen Diegmueller Marc Tucker, the president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, and Christopher T. Cross, the president of the Council for Basic Education, both point out that polls show overwhelming public support for national academic standards. The two private education-reform groups have long advocated rigorous academic standards. "I am very optimistic," said Mr. Tucker, whose center, based in Rochester, N.Y., is collaborating on the New Standards Project, which is developing a variety of standards and assessments. (search) \clip\97\28\rootbran.txt Education Week September 16, 1992 Changing the System, Root and Branch By Ray Marshall and Marc Tucker ( From Thinking for a Living: Education and the Wealth of Nations by Ray Marshall and Marc Tucker. Copyright 1992 by Basic Books. Reprinted with the permission of Basic Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Inc. ) @@Biography From Brown University: Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, created the National Alliance for Restructuring Education, which provides technical assistance and professional development in support of school reform in districts and states. Tucker also created and served as a member of the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Tucker chairs the research committee of the National Skills Standard Board, leading the design of the national occupational skill standards system. Previously, Tucker served as executive director of the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy and as associate director of the National Institute of Education. Together with Ray Marshall, Tucker wrote Thinking for a Living: Education and the Wealth of Nations, winner of the Sidney Hillman Prize for 1992, and selected by Business Week as one of the ten best books of 1992. Lynn Stuter's Unauthorized Biography Biography provided by PBS ] @@Books %%Standards for Our Schools 1998 Standards for Our Schools : How to Set Them, Measure Them, and Reach Them by Marc S. Tucker, Judy B. Codding List: $25.00 ( Hardcover, 208 pages Published by Simon & Schuster Publication date: February 1998 Dimensions (in inches): 1.22 x 9.32 x 6.33 ISBN: 0787938947 z39\clipim\2000\01\20\standards\standards.htm Feb 11, 1998 Education Week Reformers Seek End To Complete High Schools By Millicent Lawton \clip\98\09\cpsah.txt Sunday, February 8, 1998 CPS ahead of advice in new book BY MARK SKERTIC The Cincinnati Enquirer Standards for Our Schools, a book on education reforms, recommends having clear academic standards; that schools house kindergarten through eighth grade; that teachers stay with the same group of children for several years; and that districts focus on strengthening neighborhood programs. STANDARDS MUST BE PERFORMANCE NOT CONTENT STANDARDS (excerpt) \clip\98\09\23tucker.htm education Week on the web Raising Our Standards For the Standards Movement By Marc Tucker and Judy Codding Standards-based education will not work without incentives and consequences. TUCKER BOOK SETS STAGE FOR NATIONAL IMPOSED OUTCOME BASED EDUCATION This exact quote is important by Marc S. Tucker, bottom of p, 62-top p. 63"The crucial point is that the standards and assessments needed to begin a program of standards-based reform are at hand.  You can use what is available until some form of national system emerges," (meaning NCEE sponsored New Standards) \doc\web\98\06\tuckbook.txt AMAZON TOP 50: ASSESSMENT Browse / Nonfiction / Education / Assessment Browse our most popular titles--from 1 to 50. May 18 1998 1. Standards for Our Schools : How to Set Them, Measure Them, and Reach Them ~ Ships in 2-3 days Marc S. Tucker, Judy B. Codding / Hardcover / Published 1998 Our Price: $17.50 ~ You Save: $7.50 (30%) %%Thinking For A Living 1992 (search) \clip\97\28\rootbran.txt Education Week September 16, 1992 Changing the System, Root and Branch By Ray Marshall and Marc Tucker ( From Thinking for a Living: Education and the Wealth of Nations by Ray Marshall and Marc Tucker. Copyright 1992 by Basic Books. Reprinted with the permission of Basic Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Inc. ) @@General History Diane Fessler's 1996 analysis of Marc Tucker's grand plan, and progress, concludes that NCEE seeks and has largely succeeded in creating a monopoly for creating national standards and the CIM out of the reach of accountability of democratic process. Infamous 18 page letter from Marc Tucker to Hillary Clinton outlining his plan for national education restructuring - Abandon tracking - Certificate of Initial Mastery at 10th grade - 11th and 12th grade and 1 free (state, fed) year of college, with CIM, NO further education if not passing CIM. - "Real world" problems - Regulated on the basis of outcomes (outcome based education) - Eliminate programs for disadvantaged as "damaged goods" like GED - Requires employers pay 1-2% into training fund - All available jobs must be listed by law (similar to Japan, illegal to hire directly outside of school connections) - Create skills standards for not more than 20 job categories - Develop an outcome- and performance-based system for human resources development - Volunteer states and cities for trial (like Washington) - Combine G11 G12 and C1 C2 into 3 year program with on-the-job training to get degrees. - Radical changes in attitudes, values and beliefs The National Alliance For Restructuring Education: A Proposal to the New American Schools Development Corporation by the National Center on Education and the Economy, Rochester NY Executive Summary - "Adapting for education the principles of the total quality movement as they have evolved recently in the best American firms" - "We plan to use the most effective tools in the arsenal of modern media and the best of community organizing methods to involve the public" "p. 9 - The New Standards Project is developing a mastery-based examination system with known standards. It will not be a sorting system. This strategy of establishing a world-class standard for all students is intended to strake at the heart of the most inequitable feature of the American education system: The consistent tendency to underestimate the capacity of low-income and minority students and the practice of holding them to a lower standard of accomplishment" [these tests actually demonstrate disasterously low scores for minorities, and neglecting basics in favor of too-high standards really leaves these kids up a creed without a paddle] Who's Who in OBE? Marc Tucker, sponsored 21st Century school reform in Washington State; senior advisor to Bill Clinton; co-director, National Alliance for Restructuring Education; director of one of eleven New American School design teams tasked to "reinvent" America's schools, and president of the Board of Trustees of the National Center on Education and the Economy. National Center on Education and the Economy. Its mission is to develop policies on education and human resources. It developed out of the Carnegie organization. Its Board of Trustees include Michael Tucker (president), Mario Cuomo, Ira Magaziner, David Rockefeller, Hillary Clinton and Very Katz. In 1990 this non-profit group published America's Choice: High skills or low wages. It described the workplace as one "managed by a small group of educated planners and supervisors (utilizing) ....administrative procedures (that) allow managers to keep control of a large number of workers. Most employees under this model need not be educated. It is far more important that they be reliable, steady and willing to follow directions." p 29-30 Why? Because, the report states, "More than 70 percent of the jobs in America will not require a college education by the year 2000." p 30 What is needed is "Workers who do what they are told, with a good attitude," says Ron Sunseri. How do you get them, Sunseri asks: "Start now teaching students, from the earliest grades, the attitudes and social behaviors that will please business and avoid a broad-based, high-quality, academic education." ----------------------------------------------------------- National Center on Education and the Economy - Marc Tucker's organization. Home Page: Who We Are Knowledge – and the capacity to put knowledge to good use – is now the only dependable source of wealth all over the world. The people, organizations and nations that succeed will be those that make the most of the human desire and capacity for never-ending learning. The National Center on Education and the Economy – a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC – believes it is possible for almost everyone to learn far more and develop far higher skills than most of us have thought possible. The hallmark of the National Center's work is standards-based reform. We believe that education and training systems work best when clear standards – standards that match the highest in the world – are set for student achievement, accurate measures of progress against those standards are devised, the people closest to the students are given the authority for figuring out how to get the students to the standards and are then held accountable for student progress. We also think that learning systems cannot be effective unless the students themselves take responsibility for their own learning and the system is designed so that they will do so. We believe that students of all ages learn best when they can see the purpose of their learning and are constantly putting what they are learning to work. And, most of all, we believe that if we expect more of people, they expect more of themselves. Each situation is different. No one design will work in all environments. The Center concentrates on helping states and localities build the capacity to design and implement their own education and training systems, suited to their history, culture and unique needs. The Center does not provide designs to be replicated. It provides resources for design. Marc S. Tucker President National Center on Education and the Economy ---------------------------------------- A research group directed by Dan Suthers with Eva Toth and Arlene Weiner at the Learning Research and Development Center University of Pittsburgh Improving American Education The New Standards Project, led jointly by LRDC Director Lauren Resnick and by Marc Tucker of the National Center for Education and the Economy, has now entered a new institutionalized phase. Eighteen states and six urban school districts are now contributing partners. Thinking for a Living Reviewed by Walter A. Albers, Jr., Albers Systems, Inc. Thinking for a Living [Ray Marshall and Marc Tucker, 1992, Basic Books, New York, NY] has its genesis in the work of the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy, established in late 1984 under the auspices of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Marc Tucker was the executive director of the Forum; Ray Marshall, a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation, was a member of the Forum's advisory council. Ray Marshall may also be remembered as Secretary of Labor under president Jimmy Carter. ------------------------ @@Georgia Georgia's Choice - America's Choice Yep, Marc Tucker's outfit is in Georgia reforming education.... "In the spring of 2001, Georgia's State Board of Education approved a contract to implement a major school reform model in some of the state's most challenging elementary and middle schools. Entitled America's Choice/Georgia's Choice, that model has been adopted in approximately 160 schools scattered across the state for the 2001-2002 school year. Current plans call for the state to invest in excess of 60 million dollars over the next three years in an effort to radically improve student achievement. More information about NCEE can be found at:" @@International Baccalaureate Marc Tucker proposes American IB to finish at 10th grade, and make 11th and 12th high school grade 1st 2 years of 4 year degree program. @@Ivans, Molly IVANS SUPPORTS TUCKERS "HIGHER STANDARDS", WITH MORE MONEY, OF COURSE Z68\clip\2003\07\fixed.txt Fixing Education By Molly Ivins, AlterNet July 18, 2003 The implementation of higher standards could, in theory, be done without huge expenditures, as is suggested in Marc Tucker and Judy Codding's book, "Educational Standards for Our Schools: How to Set Them, Measure Them and Reach Them." But as a practical matter, to get an entire school system ratcheted up, you'd need retraining seminars and better testing and accountability procedures, all of which require money. @@Music Man music.txt Meredith Wilson's Music Man set in 1912 about a traveling salesman who cons a town into buying a boys band pretty much sums up how states across the nation have bought into Marc Tucker / NCEE's Standards Based Education movement. @@Leaving Tucker believes it's OK if kids leave at 16 with their CIM, even though he promises college to all. Leave School at 16 Some will opt to got right into the workforce or into a community service program, choosing to defer further education for a while... Even so, some ** some people will be horrified at the prospect of allowing youngsters to leave school at 16 **. The reality is that many bright and able youngsters are simply weary of school at this point and anxious to get on with their lives @@National Skill Standards Board home page 1441 L Street NW Suite 9000 Washington, DC 20005 - 3512 Phone: (202) 254-8628 Fax: (202) 254-8646 The NSSB was authorized by the 1994 National Skill Standards Act and was charged with stimulating the development and adoption of a nationwide system of voluntary skill standards. The Board is made up of 24 national leaders from businesses, education, labor, and community-based organizations. Ultimately, the goals of the Board are to improve U.S. competitiveness in the global economy and to raise the standard of living and economic security of American workers. Part of Goals 2000 legislation based largely on Marc Tucker's vision of a restructured labor development system. NATIONAL SKILL STANDARDS BOARD BRINGS EFFORT DEVELOPING WORKER PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS TO SEATTLE "The Community and Technical Colleges have worked closely with industry to establish skill standards in 18 industry areas including information technology, secondary wood products, manufacturing, early childhood education, natural resource technologies, telecommunications, agricultural irrigation, food processing, and retail trade," said Washington Governor Gary Locke, noting his pride in Washington's role as a leader on this issue. "Skill standards take us a big step forward toward a system based on lifelong learning," said Locke. "Certifications based on skill standards provide workers with a means to communicate skills they have achieved, and standards ensure the portability of workplace skills. @@NCEE GEORGIA, TEXAS STANDARDS BASED ON NCEE, DELPHI PROCESS z70\doc\web\2003\09\garner.txt Post: THE WRITING OF GEORGIA'S CURRICULUM STANDARDS Posted by Donna Garner on 8/25/03 @@Profit America Choice Taps Profit Motive Over the past 15 years, the NCEE has spent more than $100 million, provided by philanthropies such the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as well as the federal government, to develop its curriculum and training materials America´s Choice no longer can attract the large sums of money that foundations and the federal government once lavished on it @@Proposal WORLD CLASS ASSESSMENT AND STANDARDS FOR MINORITY AND LOW-INCOME STUDENTS z46\clipim\2000\11\25\tuckprop.efx The National Alliance For Restructuring Education Schools - and Systems - for the 21st Century A Proposal to the New American Schools Development Corporation by the National Center on Education and the Economy Attn: Marc Tucker, President (1992?) * if there is a centerpiece, it is, without question, standards and assessment. * The New Standards Project is developing a mastery-based examination system with known standards. It will not be a sorting system. This strategy of establishing a world-class standard for all students is intended to stroke at the heart of the most inequitable feature of the American education system: The consistent tendency to underestimate the capacity of low-income and minority students and the practice of holding them to a lower standard of accomplishment. @@SCANS We're not sure if Tucker had a direct hand in SCANS but the ideas were clearly stolen from his High Skills report if not. INNES: TUCKER/NCEE IS PROBABLY BEHIND SCANS TOO \doc\web\98\09\tuckscan.txt Received: from I was told that Hillary Clinton and Ira Magaziner also had a hand in the SCANS. Don't forget too that Resnick and Tucker chaired the NSP together, (New Standards Project) which evolved into the New Standards Assessments...Fran From: Date sent: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 07:54:32 EST I believe that Marc Tucker DID write at least one of the SCANS reports. It was/is called, "Learning a Living". The other SCANS document he helped to author was "America's Choice: High Skills or Low Wages" in 1990. Have a great day! Shelley @@School To Work Ideas \clip\99\03\edclip01.txt JANUARY 20 1999 The school-to-work education trend Critics see danger in Workforce Investment Act By Jon E. Dougherty © 1999 Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, and a well-known advocate of such educational agendas, wrote an 18-page letter to the first lady Nov. 11, 1992, shortly after Bill Clinton won his first presidential election. In it, he laid out a plan "to remold the entire American (school) system" into "a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same system for everyone," coordinated by "a system of labor market boards at the local, state, and federal levels" where curriculum and "job matching" will be handled by counselors "accessing the integrated computer-based program." That initial idea has now resulted in the Workforce Investment Act. Tucker's ideals are interwoven throughout the Workforce Investment Act. Of the overall courses of action that have now come to pass, Tucker advocated "bypassing all elected officials on school boards and in state legislatures by making federal funds flow to the Governor and his appointees on workforce development boards, \clip\98\11\ibdstw.txt Investor's Business Daily August 27, 1998 WHO DECIDES STUDENTS\' FUTURE? School-To-Work Law Gets Feds Heavily Involved by Michael Chapman The main architects behind School-to-Work are Robert Reich, Ira Magaziner and Marc Tucker -- all longtime advocates of central economic planning. "Workforce Skills Program: A School-to-Work Transition System for the United States" by Marc Tucker, April 1994. Excerpts. @@Socialist \clip\98\16\hr1385.html Workforce Development Means Life-Long Indoctrination Berit Kjos: Marc Tucker's for a centrally planned economy / education system @@TEXAS Marc Tucker's NCEE and New Standards project were instrumental in the creation of TEKS and TAAS. TEXAS PAID NCEE $500,000 WHICH PAID HILLARY $100,000 FOR NEW STANDARDS z46\doc\web\2000\11\texhill.txt "Bill and Hillary's Stealth Tactics in Texas" November 1, 2000 by Donna Garner Hillary earned $102,000 in 1991 as a consultant for the National Center on Education and the Economy; its sister organization was the New Standards Project (NSP). To become a member of the New Standards Project, the Texas Education Agency paid between $100,000 and $500,000; this expenditure was never approved by the Texas State Board of Education. NCEE PROVIDED TRAINING FOR TEXAS TEKS STANDARDS z43\doc\web\2000\07\hillar.txt @@Tracking "Workforce Skills Program: A School-to-Work Transition System for the United States" by Marc Tucker, April 1994. Excerpts. The standards for the Certificate of Initial Mastery are the same for all students. "Tracking American-style would be gone" -- a century of practice in which different groups of students have been held to different standards. (but Germany has 3 different kinds of certificates vs. 1 US HS diploma!)