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Ze’ev Wurman

Ze'ev Wurman is a manager in a Silicon Valley technology startup company and was a senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Education during President George W. Bush’s administration.

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Analysis and Commentary

The College Readiness Illusion – A Reply To Mike Petrilli

by Ze’ev Wurman, Williamson M. Eversmentioning Michael J. Petrillivia
Friday, December 4, 2015

In a recent piece on his web site Mike Petrilli, the president of the Fordham Institute, makes a rather strange case arguing that Common Core is alive (and well?).

Analysis and Commentary

Uniform Testing Of Common Core In Disarray As Massachusetts Leaves The Aligned System

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Real Clear Education
Monday, November 30, 2015

The brightest jewel in the system of national testing is no longer in the crown. High-performing Massachusetts lent considerable luster to the national testing aligned with the national Common Core curriculum-content standards.


Don’t Let State Hide Test Scores

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, September 3, 2015

The California Department of Education has been acting in a way that would have made the Soviet government proud.

Analysis and Commentary

Statement by Burke, Evers, Rebarber, Stotsky, and Wurman on ESEA

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Jay P. Greene's Blog
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The following is a statement by Lindsey M. Burke, Williamson Evers, Theodor Rebarber, Sandra Stotsky, and Ze’ev Wurman that they asked me to post.  I have not yet had a chance to think carefully about ESEA re-authorization, but I think their views are worth consideration:

Analysis and Commentary

Wurman Testimony on Math and Science Standards in Ohio

by Ze’ev Wurmanvia Education Next
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I am a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Between 2007 and 2009 I served as a senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Education. I served as a commissioner on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that in 2010 evaluated the Common Core’s suitability for California adoption.

In the News

Common Core’s Validation: A Weak Foundation for a Crooked House

by Ze’ev Wurmanvia Pioneer Institute
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Lowering the Bar

by Ze’ev Wurmanvia Liberty Law Talk (Library of Law and Liberty)
Friday, April 18, 2014
In the News

New Law Dumbs Down Calif. Math Performance

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia
Monday, October 22, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown recently sent California several decades back into the 20th century by signing Senate Bill 1200, by state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland. This law now mandates a shocking rollback of how much math we expect children in California’s public schools to learn and  — furthermore — this law constitutes a setback for good government.

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

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..