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Jack Schneider

Education Department

Assistant Professor
MA, PhD, Stanford University

Director of Research, Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment

Fields: Educational policy, history of education, measuring school quality, the teaching profession, urban education

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Office Phone: 508-793-3731
Office: Stein 432
Office Hours: T: 11-12, W: 12-1:30


Course Offerings:

Education 169 - Schooling in the United States
Education 273 - Urban Education
Education 352 - American School Reform
Education 354 - Teachers: A Sociological Study
Education 360 - Research in Education
Education 375 - Historical Perspectives on American Education



Jack Schneider, Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017)

Jack Schneider, From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education (Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2014)
                       Review from HEQ   Review from JJE 

Jack Schneider, Excellence For All: How a New Breed of Reformers Is Transforming America's Public Schools (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2011)
                       Review from HEQ   Review from HNN


Journal Articles:

Jack Schneider, Rebecca Jacobsen, Rachel White, and Hunter Gehlbach, "The (Mis)measure of Schools: How Data Affect Stakeholder Knowledge and Perceptions of Quality," Teachers College Record (June 2018)

Jack Schneider, Rebecca Jacobsen, Rachel White, and Hunter Gehlbach, "Building a Better Measure of School QualityPhi Delta Kappan (April 2017)

Jack Schneider, Joe Feldman, and Dan French, "The Best of Both Worlds: Replacing Machine-Scored Standardized Tests..." Phi Delta Kappan (November 2016)

Jack Schneider and Sivan Zakai, "A Rigorous Dialectic: Writing and Thinking in History," Teachers College Record (January 2016)

Jack Schneider, "Looking Outside Education: Expanding Our Thinking about Moving Research into Practice," Educational Policy Analysis Archives (December 2015)

Jack Schneider, "Closing the Gap...Between the University and the Schoolhouse," Phi Delta Kappan (September 2014)

Jack Schneider, "Remembrance of Things Past: A History of the Socratic Method in the United States," Curriculum Inquiry (December 2013)

Sivan Zakai and Jack Schneider, "'Now Where Do We Go from Here?': Separateness, Integration, and Pluralism in Philadelphia," History of Education Quarterly (August 2013)

Jack Schneider, "Rhetoric and Practice in Pre-Service Teacher Education: The Case of Teach For America," Journal of Education Policy (August 2013)

Jack Schneider and Ethan Hutt, "Making the Grade: A History of the A-F Marking Scheme," Journal of Curriculum Studies (May 2013)

Jack Schneider, "Socrates and the Madness of Method," Phi Delta Kappan (September 2012)

Jack Schneider, "Memory Test: A History of the U.S. Citizenship Test," Teachers College Record (June 2010)

Sam Wineburg and Jack Schneider, "Was Bloom's Taxonomy Pointed in the Wrong Direction?" Phi Delta Kappan (December-January 2009)

Jack Schneider, "Privilege, Equity, and the Advanced Placement Program: Tug of War,"Journal of Curriculum Studies (December 2009)

Jack Schneider, "Escape from L.A.: White Flight from Los Angeles and Its Schools, 1960-1980," Journal of Urban History (September 2008)
                       *Finalist for Urban History Association's "Best Article Award"


Chapters and Reports:

Ethan L. Hutt and Jack Schneider, "A Thin Line between Love and Hate: Educational Measurement in the United States" (May, 2016)

Jack Schneider, "Marching Forward, Marching in Circles: A History of Problems and Dilemmas in Teacher Preparation" (April, 2016)

Jack Schneider, "Columbus Day: 1892, Not 1492" in Reading Like a Historian: A Workbook for Middle and High School Teachers (New York: Teachers College Press, 2011)

Jack Schneider, "To Blink or Not to Blink: The Cuban Missile Crisis" in Reading Like a Historian: A Workbook for Middle and High School Teachers (New York: Teachers College Press, 2011)

Daisy Martin, Saul Maldonado, Jack Schneider, and Mark Smith, "A Report on the State of U.S. History Education: State Policies and National Programs," National History Education Clearinghouse (September 2011)

Daisy Martin, Jack Schneider, Bradley Fogo, and Nikole Richardson "A Report on the State of U.S. History Education: State Policies and National Programs," National History Education Clearinghouse (January 2010)



Jack Schneider, "Charter Cap Debate Clouds Original Intent," Commonwealth Magazine (October 10, 2016)

Jack Schneider, "What Makes a Level 1 School? State's Measurements Miss Key Factors," Commonwealth Magazine (September 27, 2016)

Jack Schneider, "America's Not-So-Broken Education System," The Atlantic (June 22, 2016)

Jack Schneider, "Small Schools: The Edu-Reform Failure That Wasn't,Education Week (February 10, 2016)

Jack Schneider, "A National Strategy to Improve the Teaching Profession," Education Week (April 15, 2015)

Jack Schneider, "Let's Start Talking and Listening to Each Other," Phi Delta Kappan "BackTalk" (March 2015)

Jack Schneider, "Cyber Skepticism," Phi Delta Kappan "BackTalk" (December 2013/January 2014)

Jack Schneider and Anil Nathan, "How to Measure School Quality," Education Week (October 19, 2013)

Jack Schneider and Michael Fuerstein, "Thinking Civically," Social Education (September 2013)

Jack Schneider, "Tweets from the Ivory Tower," Inside Higher Ed (June 7, 2013)

Jack Schneider, "Rebranding Public Schools as New Charter Schools," Education Week (February 26, 2013)

Ethan L. Hutt and Jack Schneider, "The Rhetoric of Reform,” Teachers College Record, Commentary (December 2012)

Jack Schneider, "The High Stakes of Teacher Evaluation," Education Week (June 5, 2012)

Jack Schneider, "Tech For All," Education Week (October 5, 2011)

Jack Schneider, "What Is Excellence For All?" Education Week (January 27, 2010)

Sam Wineburg and Jack Schneider, "Inverting Bloom's Taxonomy," Education Week (October 7, 2009)



Jack Schneider, "High Schools Don't Need a Redesign," Boston Globe (September 25, 2015)

Jack Schneider, "Making It Easier to Fire Teachers Won't Get You Better Ones," Los Angeles Times (June 12, 2014)

Jack Schneider, "Direct Instruction Is a Band-Aid for Education Inequity," Seattle Times (May 8, 2014)

Jack Schneider and Pat Jehlen, "A Fairer Test Score Measure," Boston Globe (May 6, 2014)

Jack Schneider, "Better Ways to Grade Public Schools," Los Angeles Times (November 14, 2013)

Jack Schneider, "Long History of U.S. Shootings Means Obama Is Right, NRA Is Wrong," Christian Science Monitor (January 16, 2013)

Jack Schneider, "Chicago Teachers Will Lose Unless They Revise Strategy," USA Today (September 13, 2012)

Jack Schneider, "No Magic Solution for Schools," Minneapolis Star Tribune (February 1, 2012)

Jack Schneider, "'Gut Instincts': Are We Really Better off Not Thinking?" Los Angeles Times (November 13, 2011)

Jack Schneider, "History Bends in the Hands of Ideologues," Minneapolis Star Tribune (June 9, 2011)

Jack Schneider, "Let's Tackle Education Funding Once and For All," USA Today (April 9, 2009)

Jack Schneider, "How to Shape New U.S. Citizens," Christian Science Monitor (August 4, 2008)

Jack Schneider, "Segregation Forever: Why Integration Never Came to the LAUSD," Los Angeles Daily News (June 21, 2008)

Jack Schneider, "Schools' Unrest Over the AP Test," Christian Science Monitor (May 28, 2008)

Jack Schneider, "Advanced Placement, Academic Segregation," Oakland Tribune (June 2, 2007)


Book Reviews:

Jack Schneider, Review of Testing Wars in the Public Schools: A Forgotten History, Teachers College Record (September 2013)

Jack Schneider, Review of School, Society, and State: A New Education to Govern Modern America, History of Education Quarterly (November 2012)

Jack Schneider, Review of Shaping Education Policy: Power and Process, Teachers College Record (November 2011)

Jack Schneider, Review of Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning, History of Education Quarterly (November 2011)

Jack Schneider, Review of Public Engagement for Public Education: Joining Forces to Revitalize Democracy and Equalize Schools, Teachers College Record (March 2011)

Jack Schneider, Review of Making Failure Pay: For-Profit Tutoring, High-Stakes Testing, and Public Schools, Teachers College Record (September 2010)

Jack Schneider, Review of Bringing School Reform to Scale: Five Award-Winning Urban Districts, Teachers College Record (July 2010)

Jack Schneider, Review of AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program, Teachers College Record (May 2010)


Online Publications:

"A Tribute to David Tyack"

"The Real Origins of Columbus Day"

"American Schools Are Modeled After Factories...Right? Wrong"

"Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?"

"Educating Kids Isn't Rocket Science. It's Harder"

"'Network Routers': A New Proposal to Put Education Research into Practice"

"Not a VA Scandal, But a War Scandal"

"Building the Bridge from Research to Practice"

"Does It Pay to Obsess on Where Your Kid Goes to School?"

"If Only American Teachers Were Smarter..."

"The Biggest Public School Problem Might Be the Brand"

"Will Our STEM Obsession Squeeze Out Other Subjects?"

"Diverse Schools Serve All of Us"

"America's World Education Ranking Is No Reason to Panic"

"The Data Backlash"

"The School Data Problem: What We Have vs. What We Need"

"What Poor Children Need in School"

"What's Missing from the Educational Policy Debate"

"How School Reform became the Cause Célèbre of Billionaires"

"Teach For America's 'Dirty Little Secret'"

"How Teach For America Became Powerful"

"Why Two Reform Movements -- Choice and Accountability -- Have Fallen Short"

"Advanced Placement Courses Need More Than a Makeover"

"Learning from Successful Schools Doesn't Always Fly"

"Chicago Teachers' Strike, Performance Evaluation, and School Reform"

"Pull Harder for a New Vision"

"Metrics Leading Charters to Blandness"

"Crowdsourcing for Quality Schools"


Audio and Video:

Measuring School Quality (Visions of Education podcast)

The Flawed Narrative of the Broken Education System

Marching Forward, Marching in Circles: A History of...Teacher Preparation

Less Testing, More Learning (Testimony at MA Legislature)

Historical Lessons for School Reformers

Key Issues: Election 2014

The War on Teachers and Democracy

The Journey to the Center of the Classroom (pocast on From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse)