Last updated on: 5/17/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Bill Evers, PhD Biography

Title:
US Assistant Secretary of Education for Policy from 2007-2009
Position:
Pro to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"
Reasoning:

“[Y]ou have to have information like this testing data, these test scores, in order to know where the problems are. Are there principals who are weak? Are there teachers who could use some additional tips on how to be an effective teacher? Are there students who aren’t prepared to be in this grade? All these things have to be addressed on the basis of knowledge, and this is a primary source of knowledge. This is what we need, is information in order to improve things.

…[I]t’s important that children do their best [on tests]. There are rivalrous situations in the world; there are competitive situations in the world… You’re never going to learn how to cope with them by never having one.”

Class Action, NBC Bay Area (KNTV 11), Nov. 8, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Sep. 1988-present
  • Member, Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, Hoover Institution at Stanford University
  • Commissioner, California State Academic Content Standards Commission, 2010
  • Member, Education Coalition, Carly Fiorina for Senator, 2010
  • US Assistant Secretary of Education for Policy, 2007-2009
  • Senior Adviser to US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, 2007
  • Trustee, Santa Clara County (CA) Board of Education, 2004-2007
  • Education Policy Adviser, George W. Bush presidential campaigns, 2000 and 2004
  • Member, Board of Trustees, East Palo Alto Charter School, Ravenswood City School District, CA, 1997-2004 (board president, 2003-2004)
  • Senior Adviser for Education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer, III, Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq, July 2003-Dec. 2003
  • Former Commissioner, White House Commission on Presidential Scholars under President George W. Bush
  • Member, National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board, 2001-2002
  • Commissioner, California State Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards, 1996-1998
  • Political Science Professor, Santa Clara University, 1995-1998
  • Political Science Professor, Emory University, 1987-1988
Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, Stanford University, 1987
  • MA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1978
  • BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1972
Contact Info:
Phone
650-723-1754 (Hoover Institution)
Email
None found
Website
Ed Policy blog
Other:
  • Member, editorial board, Education Next
  • Co-Recipient, Koret Prize, 2002
  • Former Chair and Steering Committee Member, Honest Open Logical Debate (HOLD) on math reform, Palo Alto, CA
  • Former Editor, Inquiry magazine, Cato Institute
  • Campaign Director, David Bergland (Libertarian Party US presidential candidate), 1984
  • Legal name is Williamson M. Evers
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?