Williamson M. Evers


Williamson M. Evers was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution where he specialized in research on education policy especially as it pertained to curriculum, teaching, testing, accountability, and school finance. Evers was head of the “agency action team” for the U.S. Department of Education in the Trump transition  from early September 2016 through January 2017. He was the US assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation, and policy development 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 and ran, with colleagues, the K-12 system in that country. He was a member of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education from its beginning in 1999 until it wrapped up in 2014.

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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Bill Evers On Curriculum

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia Nightside With Dan Rea
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers talks about a proposed ethnic studies curriculum in California – the first state-level curriculum on the academic subject in the country – which teaches children that capitalism is racist. In the proposed course, capitalism is described as a “form of power and oppression,” alongside “patriarchy,” “racism,” “white supremacy” and “ableism.”

In the News

California Shows Its Extremism, Attacking Democracy And Capitalism At The Same Time

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia The Washington Examiner
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

No earthquake has yet sent California crashing into the sea, but the state continues to radically fall off the Left edge of mainland U.S. culture.

Two more items in the news today show this trend.

In the News

California’s Proposed K-12 Ethnic Studies Curriculum: Indoctrination Not Instruction

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia Independent Women's Forum
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

California is rolling out a new “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum,” and “It’s as bad as you imagine,” writes Williamson M. Evers in his latest Wall Street Journal opinion column.


California Wants To Teach Your Kids That Capitalism Is Racist

by Williamson M. Eversvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 29, 2019

A new model curriculum for ‘ethnic studies’ is a handbook for classroom propagandizing.

In the News

On Trump Education Policy, Revisionist History & Progressivism In Education: Williamson Evers

featuring Williamson M. Eversvia The Epoch Times
Saturday, July 6, 2019

In what ways has education in America dramatically transformed over the past century? How exactly is the Trump administration’s approach to education different from that of the Obama administration?


Williamson Evers—Trump Education Policy: On Socialism In School, Revisionist History & Progressivism

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia American Thought Leaders - The Epoch Times
Monday, July 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers discusses how education has changed over the past century and the greatest problems facing education today.

Tony Thurmond, California Schools Chief Candidate, Has Poor Record As Trustee

by Williamson M. Evers
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tony Thurmond is a candidate for state superintendent of public instruction in the November election. His advocates promise he would improve education in California and point to his years (2008 to 2012) on the school board in the West Contra Costa Unified School District as evidence of his educational leadership skills.

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California Flies Blind On Testing: The Troubling Saga Of The State’s ‘Smarter Balanced Test’

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

From 1999 to 2013, California had a standard test (STAR – Student Testing And Reporting) to assess our students on California Standards in English Language Arts, Math, the Sciences, and Social Sciences. Within its first few years, the test format stabilized, and for the rest of its life, it remained essentially unchanged -- regularly releasing a fraction of its items to educate the students and parents about the expectations from our students and offering stable longitudinally comparable scaled scores.

Analysis and Commentary

'Education Runs On Lies'

by Williamson M. Eversvia The Washington Times
Monday, August 27, 2018

Arne Duncan’s memoir of his experience as U.S. secretary of Education under President Barack Obama draws you in because he acknowledges that K-12 education in America is built on a tissue of lies. His opening sentence is: “Education runs on lies.” But all too often he himself falls into misstatements, delusions and omissions of needed facts. Blinders made out of his beliefs block him from facing reality.

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California’s Common Core Mistake

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The national standards reversed progress made in math, hitting disadvantaged minorities hardest.