Williamson M. Evers is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K12 Education. Dr. Evers was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development from 2007 to 2009 and was Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings during 2007. From July to December 2003, he served in Iraq as Senior Adviser for Education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority.
Dr. Evers has also served as a member of the California State Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards (1996-1998) and the Santa Clara County Board of Education (2004-2007), and he is past President of the Board of Directors of the East Palo Alto Charter School, a board on which he had served from 1997 until 2004.
He has contributed chapters to numerous scholarly volumes and the books he has edited include Testing Student Learning, Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness; Teacher Quality; School Accountability; School Reform: The Critical Issues; and What's Gone Wrong in America's Classrooms.
His articles have appeared in Education Week, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor, and he is a member of the editorial board of Education Next.
Dr. Evers received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Stanford University.