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

In the News

Confining Virtual Schooling (in Fla.)

by Williamson M. Everswith John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moevia Ed Policy
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bill Tucker had a Mar. 31 post on The Quick & the Ed about efforts to limit virtual schooling in Florida...

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DLC Head Harold Ford Defends DC Opportunity Scholarships, Praises Pres. Obama's Courage

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

In a recent opinon column in the Mar. 26 issue of Politico newspaper, former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. praises President Obama's courage and resolution on school reform...

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They Keep the Formulas in Place for a Reason

by Williamson M. Everswith Eric Hanushekvia Ed Policy
Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Sunday New York Times today has a front page article on the Obama administration's decision to channel its stimulus money to the states using existing formulas...

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How Regular Schools with Regular Teachers Could Replicate the Results of High-Powered Charters

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Thursday, March 19, 2009

Education Sector's Steven Wilson in an important AEI pamphlet (drawn from an earlier scholarly paper) looks at the talent that has contributed mightily to the success of high-performing charter schools...

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Al Sharpton & NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein Call for Tenure Decisions & Pay Based on Performance

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Friday, March 13, 2009

The Rev. Al Sharpton and New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein blog today (Mar. 13) on The Huffington Post calling for basing teacher pay and tenure decisions on performance...

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We Should Escape the Babble of K-16 Standards, If We Can

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Thursday, March 12, 2009

Michael Kirst blogging at College Puzzle has an insightful post (Mar. 12) on the lack of alignment between (1) K-12 standards and tests and (2) college admissions and placement tests...

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Bye-Bye Tutoring

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Swift & Change Able has a recent (Mar. 9) post on the effort by the public-school Establishment to crush after-school tutoring programs for children...

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Character Counts -- And Can Motivate Students

by Williamson M. Everswith William Damonvia Ed Policy
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The March 13, 2009 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education has an interview with Stanford education professor Bill Damon on character education...

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Money (or Other Prizes) for Student Success?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Ed Policy
Monday, March 9, 2009

D-ed Reckoning had a top-notch Mar. 5 post on extrinsic rewards...

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Will the Stimulus Plan Improve Education?

by Williamson M. Everswith Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrilli, Eric Hanushekvia Ed Policy
Monday, March 9, 2009

Economist Rick Hanushek and attorney Alfred Lindseth are both nationally-renowned specialists on school finance...