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

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. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

New NCTM HS Math Doc Does A Disservice

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Saturday, October 10, 2009

Guest post by Ze'ev Wurman: Review of "Focus in High School Mathematics," National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2009...

Analysis and Commentary

A Double Standard on the Texas Science Standards

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Friday, September 4, 2009

In this week's Ed Week, Jonathan Osborne, a Stanford Ed School prof., has an interesting article on teaching science in Texas...

Analysis and Commentary

Influence of Economists in Education?

by Williamson M. Everswith Eric Hanushekvia Ed Policy
Thursday, August 27, 2009

The September/October 2009 issue of the Harvard Education Letter has an article by David McKay Wilson entitled "The Invisible Hand in Education Policy" on the role of economists in analyzing and proposing education policy...

Analysis and Commentary

Stanley H. Kaplan: Pioneer Educational Entrepreneur

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Goldie Blumenstyk published on Aug. 25 an obituary in the Chronicle of Higher Education for Stanley H. Kaplan, who founded a pioneering SAT tutoring enterprise...

Analysis and Commentary

Explaining in terms of External Causes? Thomas Sowell on the Blame Game

by Williamson M. Everswith Thomas Sowellvia Ed Policy
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

In his column today (Aug. 25), Thomas Sowell says that people see the world through a mind-set and that part of that mind-set is that when looking for an explanation of problems, we should look for external forces...

In the News

Pseudoscientific Research -- In Nutrition & Education

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The May-June issue of the Skeptical Inquirer prints an important article on the science of nutrition by Dr. Reynold Spector, who is currently a clinical professor at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersy...

In the News

Stanford Review Interview with Bill Evers

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Stanford Review (a newspaper at Stanford University put out by conservative & libertarian students) published in its current issue an interview with me done by the paper's editor-in-chief Brian O'Connell...