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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Review: Steve Poizner on his year teaching at a San Jose high school

by Williamson M. Eversvia San Jose Mercury News
Saturday, May 8, 2010

When is a campaign book better than usual? It's better when it transcends simply attempting to get the author elected and provides a window on character development and insights into social problems...

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American Education in 2030

by Grover J. Whitehurst, Paul E. Peterson, Terry M. Moe, Tom Loveless, Paul T. Hill, Eric Hanushek, Williamson M. Evers, John E. Chubb, Caroline M. Hoxby, Chester E. Finn Jr., Herbert J. Walbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, March 22, 2010

In these essays, members of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on K-12 education, joined by several keen-eyed observers, blend prediction with prescription to paint a vivid picture of American primary and secondary education in 2030.

Analysis and Commentary

Checker Finn's Seven Worries about National Standards

by Williamson M. Everswith Chester E. Finn Jr.via Ed Policy
Friday, March 5, 2010

Checker Finn, one of the nation's leading proponents of national standards, writes in Gadfly today (Mar. 5) that he has accumulated seven worries. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Union Attacks Bill Evers for Encouraging "Best-in-the-World" Math

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Sunday, January 10, 2010

The teachers' union in Capistrano Unified attacks me for encouraging the district to consider Singapore Math instead of a business-as-usual math textbook series. . . .

Union Attacks Bill Evers for Encouraging "Best-in-the-World" Math

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, January 10, 2010

The teachers' union in Capistrano Unified attacks me for encouraging the district to consider Singapore Math instead of a business-as-usual math textbook series.

Analysis and Commentary

Problems with the Common Core National Standards

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Monday, December 14, 2009

Ze'ev Wurman and I wrote an op-ed that we published Dec. 11 as a guest column on Jay P. Greene's Blog. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Alternative Needed to Common Core: An Additional Consortium for ‎Common Standards

by Williamson M. Eversvia Jay P. Greene's Blog
Friday, December 11, 2009

A consortium to develop a set of “research-based and internationally benchmarked” college and career-ready standards in mathematics and in English-language arts (ELA) was established earlier this year by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), in partnership with Achieve, the College Board, and ACT. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Bill Evers on TV on Standardized Testing

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I joined Sean Reardon, an associate professor at the Stanford School of Education, for a half-hour discussion on statewide testing of K-12 students in California. . . .

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