Herbert J. Walberg

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Herbert J. Walberg, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, is a University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Walberg was a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education from 1999 to 2013. His research focuses on educational productivity and human accomplishments.

Walberg, who was confirmed as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences, joined two other Koret Task Force members in overseeing the research arm of the US Department of Education; he also served on the National Assessment Governing Board. Walberg is also chairman of the board of directors of the Heartland Institute, an independent, nonprofit research center headquartered in Chicago that provides policy analysis to national and state governments and journalists. Walberg joined the board of directors in 1993 and has served as its chairman since 1995.

Walberg has written or edited more than seventy books, including Radical Education Reforms with Chester Finn, a Hoover Institution distinguished visiting fellow and Koret Task Force member. Walberg has also written approximately 350 articles on such topics as the causes and effects of learning, teaching and instructional effectiveness, national comparisons of achievement, and educational measurement and evaluation. His articles have appeared in widely circulated journals, including Daedalus, Educational Leadership, Kappan, and Nature, and in such newspapers as the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His most recent book is Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform (Hoover Institution Press, 2011).

Walberg was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Statistical Society (London), the American Psychological Association, and the Australian Association for Educational Research. Additionally, he was a member of the International Academy of Education.

Walberg has held research posts at the Educational Testing Service and the University of Wisconsin and has taught at Harvard University. He has been frequently called to testify before US congressional committees and federal courts on educational matters.

Walberg earned his PhD in educational psychology from the University of Chicago.

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The Voucher Revolution in Education

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Private School Monitor
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

By 2030, K-12 education in America will be largely privatized...

The Voucher Revolution

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, November 17, 2011

To be clear, a voucher as the term is used here is a publicly or privately funded scholarship awarded directly to families to pay the costs of the private schools they choose for their children.

In the News

The Voucher Revolution

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, November 17, 2011

By 2030, K-12 education in America will be completely privatized...

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The Voucher Revolution

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

By 2030, K-12 education in America will be completely privatized.

Higher Marks

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to get even better results from standardized testing. By Herbert J. Walberg.

Independently Audit Test Scores

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, June 13, 2011

National surveys show that most students report cheating at some point during their school careers. In addition, test fraud among educators is rising with increasing pay for performance of educators for their students’ gains on standardized tests.

Analysis and Commentary

Independently audit test scores

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Washington Times
Friday, June 10, 2011

Incentives for success give educators, students reason to cheat...

Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform by Herbert J. Walberg

Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Saturday, May 21, 2011

The pressing need to improve achievement in American schools is widely recognized. In Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform, Herbert J.

In the News

Stop the War Against Standardized Tests

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, May 20, 2011

They hold teachers accountable and benefit students. What's not to like...

Stop the War Against Standardized Tests

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, May 20, 2011

President Barack Obama and leaders of the teachers unions disagree with the view of citizens that schools, educators, and students should be held accountable for their performance on standardized tests.

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