Herbert J. Walberg

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

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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Stop the War Against Standardized Tests

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 20, 2011

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

In the News

Closing the Door on Innovation: Why One National Curriculum is Bad for America

by John E. Chubb, David Davenport, Richard A. Epstein, Williamson M. Evers, Robert P. George, David R. Henderson, Edwin Meese III, Michael McConnell, Shelby Steele, Herbert J. Walbergvia K12Innovation.com
Monday, May 9, 2011

A Critical Response to the Shanker Institute Manifesto and the U.S. Department of Education’s Initiative to Develop a National Curriculum and National Assessments Based on National Standards...

American Education in 2030: Vouchers Thrive

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Analysis
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

By 2030, vouchers (publicly or privately funded scholarships awarded directly to families to pay for private school tuition) had substantially displaced many failing public schools.

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American Education in 2030

by Grover J. Whitehurst, Paul E. Peterson, Terry M. Moe, Tom Loveless, Paul T. Hill, Eric Hanushek, Williamson M. Evers, John E. Chubb, Caroline M. Hoxby, Chester E. Finn Jr., Herbert J. Walbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, March 22, 2010

In these essays, members of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on K-12 education, joined by several keen-eyed observers, blend prediction with prescription to paint a vivid picture of American primary and secondary education in 2030.

Analysis and Commentary

Smaller Schools, Better Performance

by Herbert J. Walbergvia New York Times
Thursday, March 11, 2010

A huge amount of research, including my own, in more than 25 states shows that other things being equal, smaller schools produce higher academic achievement than larger schools. . . .

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Advancing Student Achievement

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, March 1, 2010

For the last half century, higher spending and many modern reforms have failed to raise the achievement of students in the United States to the levels of other economically advanced countries.

Analysis and Commentary

School Choice Works

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Heartland Institute
Monday, September 1, 2008

Americans spend more on elementary and high schools and get less learning for their money than citizens in other developed nations...

Analysis and Commentary

Vouchers Could Desegregate Schools Better Than Buses

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Heartland Institute
Monday, July 16, 2007

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down two public-school integration programs--one in Louisville, the other in Seattle--on the basis that they discriminate according to race...

In the News

Parents Involved in Community Schools, v. Seattle School District No. 1, et al.

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Supreme Court of the United States of America
Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Brief of Amici Curiae Drs. Murphy, Rossell and Walberg in support of petitioners...