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Thomas Toch is FutureEd's director. He is a former senior partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and director of the foundation’s Washington office. Toch is a founder and former co-director of the think tank Education Sector, a former guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, and he has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Toch helped launch Education Week, as a writer and co-managing editor. He spent a decade as an education correspondent and editor at U.S. News and World Report and has contributed to The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Post MagazineThe New Republic, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Monthly. He is the author of two books on American education, In the Name of Excellence and High Schools on a Human Scale.

Work by Thomas Toch

Strategies for the Next President to Strengthen Public Education

Among the many challenges facing President-Elect Joe Biden is the future of the nation’s public education…

Don’t Abandon Standardized Testing Next Year; Rethink It

This appeared as a commentary piece in The Hill. Not surprisingly, the nation’s 13,300…

The Pandemic and the Teacher Pay Problem

There have been countless headlines about the American education system’s struggles to educate 50…

How Covid-19 Could Doom the SAT and ACT

This initially appeared as a commentary piece in The Hill. One of the…

Tennessee’s School Voucher Law Gets What it Deserves

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a school voucher law, permitting some of the state’s students…

Public School Choice Is Here to Stay. How Can We Make it Fair?

The leading Democratic presidential candidates — liberals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, but also moderates…

Disrupted: The Path to School Reform in the Nation’s Capital

When the District of Columbia’s city councilors handed 36-year-old Mayor Adrian Fenty control of the…

What Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Get About School Reform

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently disparaged two decades of public school reform, in particular…

Retaining Teachers: The View from Washington, D.C.

FutureEd Director Thomas Toch testified before the District of Columbia City Council on Dec. 4…

Lessons in SEL from the California CORE Districts

This blog post was originally posted on CASEL’s Measuring SEL blog. Nearly a decade…

A New Lever for School Improvement: Student Surveys

This commentary was initially published by RealClear Policy. The survey results shocked the staff…

Common Lotteries and the Future of Urban Public Education

New common enrollment systems permit families to select traditional public schools and charters using a single…

What a California School Survey Can Tell us About Measuring Social and Emotional Skills

This post was initially published on OECD’s Education and Skills Today blog. Educators across…

Principals as Instructional Leaders

Research makes clear that effective school leaders are key to effective schools. Increasingly, that means…

CORE Lessons: Measuring the Social and Emotional Sides of Student Success

The intensifying interest among education policymakers in the social and emotional dimensions of student success…

A Policymaker’s Playbook for Transforming Teaching

District of Columbia Public Schools has been a source of some sensational headlines over the past…

What Teacher Protests Can—And Can’t—Accomplish

The wave of teacher protests in the nation’s heartland are turning much-needed attention to the…

The Audacious Ambition of “A Nation at Risk”

It has been 35 years since a federally funded commission charted a bold new course…

Graduation Scandal Shouldn’t Overshadow DCPS Reforms

The recent furor over District of Columbia high schools issuing dubious diplomas has …

Graduation Scandal Shouldn’t Overshadow DCPS Reforms

The recent furor over District of Columbia high schools issuing dubious diplomas has …

Op-Ed: The Weakness in D.C.’s Voucher Program

  FutureEd Director Thomas Toch and Editorial Director Phyllis W. Jordan turned our report on…

The Facts About D.C.’s Teacher Reforms

Mark Simon, a longtime teacher union activist, argues in a recent Washington Post op-ed that…

Some New Teacher Evaluation Systems Do Make a Difference

When Education Next paired my recent article, “A New Era for…

A New Era for the Battle Over Teacher Evaluations

The Obama administration has worked hard to strengthen public-school teaching—a $400 billion-plus workforce,…

How D.C. Schools Are Revolutionizing Teaching

When most people think of school reform in the Dis­trict of Columbia, they probably remember…

Measuring Teacher Performance More Meaningfully

For most of public education’s history, teacher evaluation was an after-thought. Despite the centrality of…

Parsing Betsy DeVos on the Education Budget

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos greeted the release of President Donald Trump’s preliminary fiscal year…

Diane Ravitch’s Problematic Polemics

Diane Ravitch is a former education historian and federal education official who in recent years…

Grading the Graders: Teacher Evaluation Reform

Until recently, there was scant attention paid to teacher evaluation in American public education.