Williamson M. Evers

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Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, specializes in research on education policy especially as it pertains to curriculum, teaching, testing, accountability, and school finance from kindergarten through high school. Evers was head of the Trump Education Department transition team beginning in September 2016. He was the US assistant secretary of education for policy from 2007 to 2009. From July to December 2003, Evers served in Iraq as a senior adviser for education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Evers to the California State Academic Content Standards Commission in 2010. In 1996 Governor Pete Wilson appointed Evers to the earlier California State Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards. He is the only individual to have served on both standards commissions, both of which proposed the subject matter that students should learn in each grade.

Evers was elected in November 2004 to the Santa Clara County Board of Education, on which he served until February 2007. He is the immediate past president of the board of directors of the East Palo Alto Charter School on which he served from 1997 until 2004.

Among his recent publications are:

He has written opinion columns that have appeared in Education Week, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor.

Evers received his BA (1972), MA (1978), and PhD (1987) degrees in political science from Stanford University.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Obama should heed Tocqueville on schools

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Alexis de Tocqueville is famous for his portrait of 19th-century America and his philosophic insights on why the American society has flourished -- and also where it might go wrong.  It is worth the time to r

Analysis and Commentary

Obama should heed Tocqueville on schools

by Williamson M. Eversvia Freedom Politics
Monday, September 26, 2011

It is worth the time to remind ourselves what some of Tocqueville’s insights were. Once we do, we can consider the Obama administration’s current nationalization of K-12 public-school curriculum, with Tocqueville’s insights in mind...

Are NCLB waivers legal?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, September 2, 2011

Congress is way behind on reauthorizing the basic federal aid to K-12 education law.  This law, now known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), should have been dealt with in 2007, but Congress has kept funding it, without reauthorizing it.

Analysis and Commentary

Are NCLB waivers legal?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Freedom Politics
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Here we have the U.S. Department of Education, a part of the Executive branch, saying that -- to receive waivers from NCLB sanctions -- the states must agree to conditions set by the Department. Yet these conditions are found nowhere in NCLB...

Education Reformers Fight Back Against National Curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kyle Olson interviews Bill Evers about the new paper Closing the Door on Innovation.

Q: Some might say that a national curriculum would promote efficiency.  What is your response?

Closing the Door on Innovation

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Critical Response to the Shanker Institute Manifesto and the U.S. Department of Education’s Initiative to Develop a National Curriculum and National Assessments Based on National Standards

Education hornets’ nest: Creating a national K-12 curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

By Bill Evers, Kent Talbert, and Robert Eitel

Analysis and Commentary

Education hornets’ nest: Creating a national K-12 curriculum

by Williamson M. Evers, Kent Talbert, Robert Eitelvia Hill
Monday, May 9, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education has, since September of 2010, been financing the work of two testing groups to create a national K-12 curriculum for English and mathematics...

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Closing the Door on Innovation: Why One National Curriculum is Bad for America

by John E. Chubb, David Davenport, Richard A. Epstein, Williamson M. Evers, Robert P. George, David R. Henderson, Edwin Meese III, Michael McConnell, Shelby Steele, Herbert J. Walbergvia K12Innovation.com
Monday, May 9, 2011

A Critical Response to the Shanker Institute Manifesto and the U.S. Department of Education’s Initiative to Develop a National Curriculum and National Assessments Based on National Standards...

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