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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Sandy Kress Raises Questions about National Standards

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Monday, June 8, 2009

Austin attorney Sandy Kress was President George W. Bush's principal adviser on drafting the No Child Left Behind law and, earlier, was the chief architect of Texas's school accountability system...

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California's Conditions on National Standards

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Sunday, June 7, 2009

Patrick Riccards, blogging at eduflack, reports that California has signed onto the national-standards effort, but (wisely in my opinion) has placed conditions on its commitment to adhering to the outcome of the process...

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Complaining About Testing -- Can You Guess in What Year This Complaint Was Made?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"[T]oday's schools are driven by assessment to a degree that surprised us....[T]ests [are being] used as ends in themselves, rather than as one means to assist in intellectual development of the individual student, or even as a reasonable method of public accountability...

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NY Times Panel Members Far Apart on Best Strategies for K-12 Progress

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education today (Apr. 28) released the 2008 results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Long-Term Trend Reading and Mathematics Assessments...

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What We Learn From School Tests

by Williamson M. Eversvia New York Times
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

There are strategies for success that don’t require large amounts of money, but do require using resources more productively...

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"One of a Handful" -- "One of the Most Important Education Books of Our Time"

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Monday, April 27, 2009

Christopher F. Chabris has a book review in today's (April 27) Wall Street Journal of a truly important book...

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Must We Give Up High School Exit Exams?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Education school researchers at U.C. Davis and Stanford assert that California's high school exit exam is keeping girls and non-whites from graduating from high school...

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California Schools Superintendent Wants to Water Down Academic Standards in Name of "21st-Century Skills"

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Friday, April 17, 2009

California State Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell spoke to the annual EdSource Forum in Irvine today (April 17)...

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Inadequate Journalism: Will Money Buy Happiness in Arizona?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Friday, April 10, 2009

The Apr. 8 issue of Education Week has a story about Flores v. State of Arizona, a lawsuit that claims that school programs for English-language learners (ELLs) in the border town of Nogales receive inadequate funding from the state of Arizona...

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This Is Not an Item from The Gadfly's April Fool Issue

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Mar. 30 Guardian in Great Britain reports that Birmingham City University is offering a £4,000 one-year master's degree in Social Media.* ...

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