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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Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

Teachers must be evaluated by what students learn

by Williamson M. Evers, Doug Laskenvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, March 13, 2011

We hear constantly today about the "effective teacher," but who is this effective teacher...?

Analysis and Commentary

Reader Rebuttal: Algebra in eighth grade

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Orange County Register
Friday, March 11, 2011

Despite the efforts of California policymakers...constraints of the federal government sabotaged the steady progress in math achievement of California students...

Analysis and Commentary

Education in Obama’s State of the Union

by Williamson M. Eversvia Jay P. Greene's Blog
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

...[T]he President set forth many of his old, usual rhetorical themes in education, pushed more spending and dubious reforms (national standards and tests), and missed an opportunity to advance reform in new and substantive ways...

Analysis and Commentary

Flaws in a Less Rigorous Education 'Dashboard'

by Ze’ev Wurman, Williamson M. Eversvia Education Week
Friday, January 28, 2011

The Obama administration's new online education dashboard highlights the wrong data, and too much of it—giving the public a less than-succinct summary of school and student performance..

The Best and Worst in American Education, 2010

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

America’s troubled schools attracted unusual attention during 2010, for both good and ill. How can we sort out the year’s many education developments to determine what truly mattered?

Williamson M. Evers

Reason.tv: Education Under Obama - A Conversation with Former Assistant Secretary of Education Bill Evers

by Williamson M. Eversvia Hoover Videos
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Williamson M. Evers was the US assistant secretary of education for policy from 2007-2009. Today, Evers is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and serves on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's California Academic Content Standards Commission.

Reason.tv's Paul Feine recently sat down with Evers to get his assessment of US education policy under Obama thus far.

Analysis and Commentary

National standards would harm math curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, July 30, 2010

The State Board of Education is voting Monday on adopting national K-12 curriculum standards in a package that includes an obese, unteachable eighth-grade math course...

National standards would hurt math curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, July 30, 2010

By Ze’ev Wurman and Bill Evers

The State Board of Education is voting Monday on adopting national K-12 curriculum standards in a package that includes an obese, unteachable eighth-grade math course.

Analysis and Commentary

Proposed math standards unteachable

by Williamson M. Eversvia Sacramento Bee
Saturday, July 24, 2010

California's proposed new mathematics content standards would gut the state's successful program, which has put 60 percent of the state's children in Algebra I by eighth grade...

Analysis and Commentary

Cascading Plan for a Common Core Pathway to Algebra in 8th Grade

by Williamson M. Eversvia EducationNews.org
Friday, July 9, 2010

The California Academic Content Standards Commission is considering adopting the national Common Core standards in place of the state's existing standards and at the same time also modestly augmenting the Common Core standards in order to maintain the rigor of California's expectations of students...