US Assistant Secretary of Education for Policy from 2007-2009
Pro to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"...[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
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
PhD, Political Science, Stanford University, 1987
MA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1978
BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1972
Phone: 650-723-1754 (Hoover Institution) Email: None found Website:Ed Policy blog
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
"Evers got interested in mathematics education reform by attending a meeting of a group of Palo Alto parents who were concerned about the issue. While strong in mathematics, the group had little strength in political organizing and dealing with the media, which was something Evers could contribute. One of his more colorful stunts was to lead a demonstration in front of the Palo Alto Unified School District building in which he performed a ceremonial flushing down the toilet of California’s 1992 mathematics curriculum framework, accompanied by demonstrators chanting 'Flush it' and amplified sounds of a toilet flushing." "The Math Wars: California Battles It Out Over Mathematics Education Reform (Part I)," Notices of the AMS (American Mathematical Society), June-July 1997