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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Education in a Global Context

March 29, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

American children do not do well in mathematics or science from an international perspective. In international tests we usually perform below the international average and well below that of the top achieving countries. What we have also learned is that this is strongly related to the schooling they receive. It is American schools that are failing our children. We need to provide them with coherent, rigorous and focused goals taught by teachers with deep subject matter knowledge who also can relay this to students.


Resource Person

William H. Schmidt
University Distinguished Professor
College of Education
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI



William H. Schmidt received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Concordia College in River Forrest, IL and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in psychometrics and applied statistics. He carries the title of University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and is currently co-director of the Education Policy Center, co-director of the US China Center for Research and co-director of the NSF PROM/SE project and holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Educational Psychology and Statistics. Previously he served as National Research Coordinator and Executive Director of the US National Center which oversaw participation of the United States in the IEA sponsored Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). He has published in numerous journals including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Educational Statistics, and the Journal of Educational Measurement. He has co-authored seven books including Why Schools Matter. His current writing and research concerns issues of academic content in K-12 schooling, assessment theory and the effects of curriculum on academic achievement. He is also concerned with educational policy related to mathematics, science and testing in general. He was awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree at Concordia University in 1997 and received the 1998 Willard Jacobson Lectureship from The New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Schmidt was recently elected to the National Academy of Education.

Resource Materials

Debate on the Merits of National Standards between Dr. William Schmidt and Dr. Yong Zhao. April 3, 2009

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