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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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Jack Schneider is a historian and policy analyst who studies the influence of politics, rhetoric, culture, and information in shaping attitudes and behaviors. His research examines how educators, policymakers, and the public develop particular views about what is true, what is effective, and what is important. Drawing on a diverse mix of methodological approaches, he has written about measurement and accountability, segregation and school choice, teacher preparation and pedagogy, and the relationship between research and practice. His current work, on how school quality is conceptualized and quantified, has been supported by the Spencer Foundation and the Massachusetts State Legislature.

The author of three books, Dr. Schneider is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and The Atlantic, and co-hosts the education policy podcast Have You Heard. He also serves as the Director of Research for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment.


Course Offerings:

Education 169 - Schooling in the United States
Education 273 - Urban Education
Education 275 - Historical Perspectives on American Education
Education 352 - American School Reform
Education 354 - Teachers: A Sociological Study
Education 360 - Research in 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)

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


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Ethan Hutt and Jack Schneider, "A History Achievement Testing in the United States, Or: Explaining the Persistence of Inadequacy," Teachers College Record (forthcoming)

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, "Marching Forward, Marching in Circles: A History of Problems and Dilemmas in Teacher Preparation," Journal of Teacher Education (2017)

Douglas Gagnon and Jack Schneider, “Holistic School Quality Measurement and the Future of Accountability: Pilot-Test Results,” Educational Policy (2017)

Hunter Gehlbach, Carly D. Robinson, Ilana Rosenbluh, Chris Benshoof, and Jack Schneider, “Questionnaires as Interventions: Can Taking a Survey Increase Teachers' Openness to Student Surveys?” Educational Psychology (2017)

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

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"


Book Chapters:

Ethan L. Hutt and Jack Schneider, "A Thin Line between Love and Hate: Educational Measurement in the United States" (2018)

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


Articles from The Atlantic:

Jack Schneider, "What School-Funding Debates Ignore," The Atlantic (January 22, 2018)

Jack Schneider, "The Urban-School Stigma," The Atlantic (August 25, 2017)

Jack Schneider, "Why Americans Think So Poorly of the Country's Schools," The Atlantic (July 17, 2017)

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


Articles from the Washington Post:

Jack Schneider, "The False Narrative Behind a Glitzy Live Television Show about School Reform," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (Sept. 7, 2017)

Jack Schneider, "What to Know before Using School Ratings Tools from Real Estate Companies," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (June 14, 2017)

Jack Schneider, "American Schools Are Modeled After Factories...Right? Wrong," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (Oct. 10, 2015)

Jack Schneider, "Educating Kids Isn't Rocket Science. It's Harder," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (Oct. 10, 2014)

Jack Schneider, "'Network Routers': A New Proposal to Put Education Research into Practice," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (June 3, 2014)

Jack Schneider, "Does It Pay to Obsess on Where Your Kid Goes to School?" Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (April 25, 2014)

Jack Schneider, "If Only American Teachers Were Smarter...," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (March 31, 2014)

Jack Schneider, "The School Data Problem: What We Have vs. What We Need," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (Nov. 5, 2013)

Jack Schneider and Heather Curl, "What Poor Children Need in School," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (Oct. 18, 2013)

Jack Schneider, "What's Missing from the Educational Policy Debate," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (Sept. 6, 2013)

Jack Schneider, "Teach For America's 'Dirty Little Secret'," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (Aug. 15, 2013)

Jack Schneider, "Why Two Reform Movements -- Choice and Accountability -- Have Fallen Short," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (June 13, 2013)

Jack Schneider, "How School Reform became the Cause Célèbre of Billionaires," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (March 19, 2013)

Jack Schneider, "How Teach For America Became Powerful," Washington Post "Answer Sheet" (Oct. 22, 2012)


Articles from Phi Delta Kappan:

Jack Schneider, "The Plight of the Engaged Scholar," Phi Delta Kappan "Back Talk" (November 2017)

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

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

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

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

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


Articles from Education Week:

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

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

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)


Articles from Commonwealth:

Jack Schneider, "State School Rankings 'Virtually Worthless,'" Commonwealth Magazine (February 8, 2018)

Jack Schneider, "Moving Beyond MCAS," Commonwealth Magazine (August 26, 2017)

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)


Other Articles:

Jack Schneider, "Betsy DeVos Doesn't Understand How Markets Really Work," Washington Monthly (October 27, 2017)

Jack Schneider, "What Makes a Great School," Usable Knowledge (October 23, 2017)

Jack Schneider, "Not a VA Scandal, But a War Scandal," Dissent Magazine (May 30, 2014)

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

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

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



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 Free Speech on Campus and The Case for Contention, Pennsylvania Gazette (October 2017)

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 Contributions: 

"A Tribute to David Tyack"

"The Real Origins of Columbus Day"

"Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?"

"Building the Bridge from Research to Practice"

"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"

"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:

Rethinking Schools in the DeVos Era (Radio Open Source)

Test Scores Don't Tell the Whole Story (Education Week)

What's the Best Way to Measure School Quality? (Radio Boston)

Building a Better Measure of School Quality (Harvard University) 

Measuring School Quality (Visions of Education)

The Flawed Narrative of the Broken Education System (Down the Hall)

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

Less Testing, More Learning (Testimony at MA Legislature)

Historical Lessons for School Reformers (UPenn)

Key Issues: Election 2014 (Cambridge Forum)

The War on Teachers and Democracy (Majority Report)

The Journey to the Center of the Classroom (Education on TAP)