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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Analysis and Commentary

California GOP Denounces Common Core K-12 Curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia FlashReport
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

[Editor's Note: Bill Evers, a member of the State Executive Committee and State Central Committee of the California Republican Party, introduced a party resolution on Common Core at this past weekend's CA GOP Convention.] ...

High school students in class
Analysis and Commentary

Stop The Rush to The Common Core

by Williamson M. Eversvia Daily News (NY)
Monday, July 1, 2013

The Common Core — effectively national math and English curriculum standards coming soon to a school near you — is supposed to be a new, higher bar that will take the United States from the academic doldrums to international dominance.

Education and testing
Analysis and Commentary

Jerry Brown’s Costly Common Core Blunder

by Williamson M. Eversvia FlashReport
Thursday, May 16, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a new funding formula for public schools. It gives extra money to urban and rural districts. The big winners will be long-tenured (but not necessarily high-performing) teachers in big cities. The new formula also short changes charter schools that have concentrations of significantly disadvantaged students.

School Buses

Proposition 30 Fails the Test of Honest Education Reform

by Williamson M. Eversvia Eureka
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Here are four reasons to be concerned about Proposition 30:

Analysis and Commentary

Eureka: Proposition 30 Fails the Test of Honest Education Reform

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
In the News

New Law Dumbs Down Calif. Math Performance

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia CalWatchDog.com
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

Out of the Equation

by Williamson M. Eversvia City Journal
Monday, September 17, 2012
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The Risks of a "Sputnik moment"

by Williamson M. Eversvia Hoover Digest
Monday, August 13, 2012

Do we really want the federal government to launch a national curriculum? By Williamson M. Evers.

Analysis and Commentary

Nationalizing education through national defense?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Freedom Politics
Thursday, March 22, 2012

This Council on Foreign Relations proposal sounds like a much more ambitious re-run of the federal foray into K-12 education after the launching of Sputnik back on Oct. 4, 1957...

In the News

The Road to a National Curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia Pioneer Institute
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Legal Aspects of the Common Core Standards, Race to the Top, and Conditional Waivers...

Co-Author: Robert Eitel