Williamson M. Evers

Biography: 

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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Evaluate teachers on how much students have learned

by Williamson M. Eversvia Freedom Politics
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, a group of parents and taxpayers sued the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to make the district follow the law, by evaluating teachers based on how much their students have learned...

New law nationalizes science education standards

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, October 14, 2011

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB300, Oct.

Analysis and Commentary

New law nationalizes science education standards

by Williamson M. Eversvia Freedom Politics
Thursday, October 13, 2011

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB300, Oct. 8, which approves the forthcoming national science-curriculum standards and lays out the path for California to put them into effect in 2013...I see three problems with the policy contained in California’s new law...

Analysis and Commentary

Are NCLB Waivers Legal?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Education Next
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

In truth, the Executive is seeking to make law. Imposing such conditions has never been approved by Congress, and the federal waiver law does not permit it...

Obama should heed Tocqueville on schools

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Alexis de Tocqueville is famous for his portrait of 19th-century America and his philosophic insights on why the American society has flourished -- and also where it might go wrong.  It is worth the time to r

Analysis and Commentary

Obama should heed Tocqueville on schools

by Williamson M. Eversvia Freedom Politics
Monday, September 26, 2011

It is worth the time to remind ourselves what some of Tocqueville’s insights were. Once we do, we can consider the Obama administration’s current nationalization of K-12 public-school curriculum, with Tocqueville’s insights in mind...

Are NCLB waivers legal?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, September 2, 2011

Congress is way behind on reauthorizing the basic federal aid to K-12 education law.  This law, now known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), should have been dealt with in 2007, but Congress has kept funding it, without reauthorizing it.

Analysis and Commentary

Are NCLB waivers legal?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Freedom Politics
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Here we have the U.S. Department of Education, a part of the Executive branch, saying that -- to receive waivers from NCLB sanctions -- the states must agree to conditions set by the Department. Yet these conditions are found nowhere in NCLB...

Education Reformers Fight Back Against National Curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kyle Olson interviews Bill Evers about the new paper Closing the Door on Innovation.

Q: Some might say that a national curriculum would promote efficiency.  What is your response?

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