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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Williamson M. Evers

Reason.tv: Education Under Obama - A Conversation with Former Assistant Secretary of Education Bill Evers

by Williamson M. Eversvia Hoover Videos
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Williamson M. Evers was the US assistant secretary of education for policy from 2007-2009. Today, Evers is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and serves on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's California Academic Content Standards Commission.

Reason.tv's Paul Feine recently sat down with Evers to get his assessment of US education policy under Obama thus far.

Analysis and Commentary

National standards would harm math curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, July 30, 2010

The State Board of Education is voting Monday on adopting national K-12 curriculum standards in a package that includes an obese, unteachable eighth-grade math course...

National standards would hurt math curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, July 30, 2010

By Ze’ev Wurman and Bill Evers

The State Board of Education is voting Monday on adopting national K-12 curriculum standards in a package that includes an obese, unteachable eighth-grade math course.

Analysis and Commentary

Proposed math standards unteachable

by Williamson M. Eversvia Sacramento Bee
Saturday, July 24, 2010

California's proposed new mathematics content standards would gut the state's successful program, which has put 60 percent of the state's children in Algebra I by eighth grade...

Analysis and Commentary

Cascading Plan for a Common Core Pathway to Algebra in 8th Grade

by Williamson M. Eversvia EducationNews.org
Friday, July 9, 2010

The California Academic Content Standards Commission is considering adopting the national Common Core standards in place of the state's existing standards and at the same time also modestly augmenting the Common Core standards in order to maintain the rigor of California's expectations of students...

American Education in 2030: Standards and Competitive Rigor

by Williamson M. Eversvia Analysis
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In 2030, Americans benefit from K-12 academics that are rigorous, but not stultifyingly uniform. 

Analysis and Commentary

Review: Steve Poizner on his year teaching at a San Jose high school

by Williamson M. Eversvia San Jose Mercury News
Saturday, May 8, 2010

When is a campaign book better than usual? It's better when it transcends simply attempting to get the author elected and provides a window on character development and insights into social problems...

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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.