Marc Tucker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center on Education and the Economy, a non-governmental organisation based in Washington, DC. He is an internationally recognised expert on academic and occupational standards and assessment, and has also been among the leaders in researching the policies and practices of the countries with the best education systems in the world.
Marc served in the 70’s as the Associate Director of the National Institute of Education, in charge of government-funded research on education policy for the United States. He created the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy at Carnegie Corporation of New York, and authored its report, A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century. He led the Carnegie Forum team as it created the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and served as the Board’s first president.
Marc then founded the National Center on Education and the Economy and, in that role, created the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, the New Standards Consortium (an interstate coalition that developed internationally benchmarked academic standards and assessments for the member states), America’s Choice (a comprehensive school reform program), the National Institute for School Leadership (the largest principal training program in the United States) and Excellence for All (a high school reform program).
Cited by President Clinton as a major intellectual contributor to Clinton Administration education and labour policies, he was appointed by the President to the National Skills Standards Board and served as Chair of its Policy and Standards Committee. He has also served as author, co-author or editor of many articles and several books and reports including, America’s Choice; high skills or low wages!, Standards for Our Schools: How to Set Them, Measure Them and Reach Them; Thinking for a Living: Education and the Wealth of Nations; The Principal Challenge; Tough Choices or Tough Times and Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems.
Marc was given the James Bryant Conant Award by the Education Commission of the States in 2014. He has testified frequently to the U.S. Congress and state legislatures and advised governments around the world on their education policies.
Marc Tucker has authored two papers, Educating for a Digital Future – The Challenge and Educating for a Digital Future – Notes on the Curriculum, as part of the NSW Department of Education’s Education: Future Frontiers Occasional Papers Series.