Press Coverage

What America’s Children Need Now,” New York Daily News, December 26, 2020

Superintendents to EdTech companies: Don’t call us, we’ll call you,” MarketScale, June 1, 2020

Survey: K-12 superintendents not impressed by vendors’ COVID marketing approaches,” Education Week, May 28, 2020

NAEP sees almost no growth in U.S. students math reading scores,” Education Dive, April 10, 2018

The problem with ‘proficient,’ Jan 29, 2018,” Educational Leadership, January 29, 2018.

Report says NAEP’s proficiency term is misleading,” Education Dive, January 17, 2017

Study finds that the vast majority of students world over cannot meet common core benchmark of proficient,” Diane Ravitch’s Blog, January 17, 2018

How other countries would fare on the nation’s report card,” Education Week, January 17, 2018

Worried about the drop in U.S. scores on international literacy test? Well, stop it.The Washington Post, December 5, 2017.

Can we please stop holding up China’s schools as a model for the U.S.? It’s ridiculous,” The Washington Post, May 24, 2016.

Proficiency and NAEP scores: Let’s stop talking about trivial distinctions and focus on ending inequality instead,” Hechinger Report, April 28, 2016.

Award-winning journalist talks with Roundtable about education,” The Washington Post, February 15, 2016.

Closer look at our schools provides hope, path for action,” HeraldNet, January 10, 2016

Principles for a more enlightened U.S. education policy,The Washington Post, April 9, 2015

An “informed consumer” of student test scores,Huffington Post, Feb 10, 2015

McSpadden: Our public schools aren’t failing, our policymakers are,” Diane Ravitch blog, Feb 3, 2015

“Ten things you need to know about international assessments,” The Washington Post blog, Feb 3, 2015

“Do teachers have it too good?” Education Week blog, Feb 2, 2015

“Public schools aren’t failing,” The Charlotte Observer, Jan 30, 2015

“U.S. workers rated the most educated,” Investor’s Business Daily, Jan 30, 2015

“School reform and the facts. Are they kin?” Nonprofit Quarterly, Jan 27, 2015

“No Child Left Behind has not worked. Why?” National Education Policy Center, Jan 26, 2015

“The iceberg effect: School performance in context,” Education Talk Radio, Jan 26, 2015. Interview with Rich Bagin, James Harvey, and Gary Marx.

“US schools: Glass half full or draining fast? Actually both,” Seattle Times, Jan 22, 2015

“You’ll never guess what this study concluded about America’s education system,” Palm Beach Post, Jan 22, 2015

“Study: School systems should be assessed by more than just test scores,” Education Dive, Jan 22, 2015

“As U.S. test scores lag, study shows violence, poverty, teen pregnancy are high,” Washington Post, Jan 21, 2015

“Study: American students have high levels of education, but stressful lives,” Huffington Post, Jan 20, 2015

“Major new study reports on strengths and vulnerabilities of school system,” Diane Ravitch blog, Jan 20, 2015

“Broader picture of international education progress unveiled in study,” Ed Week blog, Jan 20, 2015

“Educated but with inequities,” Politico, Jan 20, 2015

“New study finds U.S. has the world’s most educated workforce—but students face unparalleled levels of poverty, inequity and violence,” Boston Globe, Jan 20, 2015

“Assessing the Assessments,” Education Week blog running from  March 17 to June 5, 2014

“Years of teacher bashing come home to roost: Teacher morale at 25-year low,” Educational Leadership, February, 2014

“American education yesterday, today, and tomorrow,” Keynote at seminar organized by French Embassy, Agence pour l’enseignement française à l’étranger, San Francisco, Nov. 14, 2014

“When catastrophe strikes—Q&A with Newtown’s Janet Robinson,” The School Administrator, October, 2013

“Whither the common core?” Background paper and presentation, National Superintendents Roundtable, Chicago, July 13, 2013

“ ‘Moneyball’ for schools? I don’t think so,” Guest blog on ASCD Inservice, May 15, 2013

“How high the bar? Exploring NAEP Benchmarks in an international context,” Research Symposium, Seattle University, April 20, 2013

“Need for a bigger and bolder agenda for the whole child,” Testimony before the Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education, Olympia, Washington, January 21, 2013 (repeated before the House of Representatives Committee, February 5)

The superintendent’s fieldbook: A guide for leaders of learning, 2nd ed (with Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Luvern Cunningham, and Robert Koff). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2013

“American education in an international context,” Presentations in Bogotá, Columbia (2003); Harbin, China (2008); Beijing, China (2011); Helsinki, Finland, Paris, France, and London, England (2012); and Edinburgh, Scotland (2014)

“How is public education doing? Let’s look at the data,” Panel organizer and chair, ASCD Annual Meeting (Session 1242), Philadelphia, March 24, 2012

“Privatization: Drain on public schools.” Educational Leadership, January, 2012

“A Schools Chief Can’t Be Tone-Deaf,” New York Times, April 11, 2011

“Why Superintendents Stumble,” New York Times, November 10, 2010

“NAEP: A Flawed Benchmark Producing the Same Old Story,” Washington Post, November 4, 2011

“Acting decisively: China’s story” (with Gerald W. Kohn, Harrisburg, Pa. public schools). The School Administrator, March, 2009

“The matrix reloaded: No Child Left Behind offers ersatz solutions,” Educational Leadership, November, 2003

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