Martin R. West

    Author Bio:
    Martin West is professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, deputy director of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, and Editor-in-chief of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research. West’s research examines the politics of K-12 education policy in the United States and the impact of policy on student learning and non-cognitive development. West has served on the board of contributors of Evidence Speaks, a weekly series of reports by a standing panel of researchers under the editorship of Russ Whitehurst, with a commitment to elevating the role of methodologically rigorous research in the formation of education and social policy. His most recent book (co-edited with Joshua Dunn), From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education (Brookings Institution Press), looks at the increase in judicial involvement in education policymaking over the past 50 years. Before joining the Harvard faculty, West taught at Brown University and was a research fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. He is a founding board member of Rhode Island Mayoral Academies and lives with his wife, Grace, and son, Quinn, in Newton, MA.


Privatization in American Education: Rhetoric vs. Facts

Given the recent rhetoric of education reform’s critics, one might be forgiven for thinking that American private schools are at the peak of their influence.

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Public thinking on school choice, Common Core, higher ed, and more

WINTER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 1

Justice Gorsuch, Meet James G. Blaine

The Supreme Court has a new opportunity to clarify matters in a case scheduled for oral argument on April 19, just days after Justice Neil Gorsuch’s arrival on the bench.

SUMMER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 3

Under New Administration, Small Measures Could Foster Big Change

The best solution may be to offer federal support for programs that the states themselves design, advancing the cause of school choice while respecting the principle of local control that Trump has also championed.

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

What Do Parents Think of Their Children’s Schools?

EdNext poll compares charter, district, and private schools nationwide

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Ten-year Trends in Public Opinion From the EdNext Poll

Common Core and vouchers down, but many other reforms still popular

WINTER 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 1

Schools of Choice

Expanding opportunity for urban minority students

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

The 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

Public thinking on testing, opt out, common core, unions, and more

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

What Effective Schools Do

Stretching the cognitive limits on achievement

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

No Common Opinion on the Common Core

Also teacher grades, school choices, and other findings from the 2014 EdNext poll. Full results also available at education

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Reform Agenda Gains Strength

The 2012 EdNext-PEPG survey finds Hispanics give schools a higher grade than others do

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

The Middle School Plunge

Achievement tumbles when young students change schools

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

The Public Weighs In on School Reform

Intense controversies do not alter public thinking, but teachers differ more sharply than ever

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Grounds for Dismissal

Podcast: Eric Hanushek and Marty West discuss two new studies that look at teacher dismissals.

Pyrrhic Victories?

The following essay is part of a forum, written in honor of Education Next’s 10th anniversary, in which the editors assessed the school reform movement’s victories and challenges to see just how successful reform efforts have been. For the other side of the debate, please see A Battle Begun, Not Won by Paul E. Peterson, […]

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Meeting of the Minds

The 2010 EdNext-PEPG Survey shows that, on many education reform issues, Democrats and Republicans hardly disagree

Winter 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 1

Grading Schools

Can citizens tell a good school when they see one?

Fall 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 4

The Persuadable Public

The 2009 Education Next-PEPG Survey asks if information changes minds about school reform.

Fall 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 4

International Benchmarking

Video: Mark Schneider talks with Education Next about the limits to what we can learn from international tests.

Which Students Graduate from College?

Video: Matthew Chingos, an author of Crossing the Finish Line, talks with Education Next about which factors best predict whether students will graduate from college. High school grades and AP test scores are stronger predictors than SAT or ACT scores, this new study finds.

Swaying Public Opinion

Video: Martin West talks with Education Next about what it takes to change public opinion about reforms like charter schools.

Credits Crunched

Arizona rulings hit scholarships and special education vouchers

Fall 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 4

Educating the Public

How information affects Americans’ support for school spending and charter schools

Summer 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 3

School Choice International

Higher private school share boosts national test scores

Winter 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 1

The 2008 Education Next-PEPG Survey of Public Opinion

Americans think less of their schools than of their police departments and post offices

Fall 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 4

Is the Price Right?

Probing American’s knowledge of school spending

Summer 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 3

No Choice in Milwaukee!?!

Remarkable finding by an un-credible study

Spring 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 2

What Americans Think about Their Schools

The 2007 Education Next—PEPG Survey

Fall 2007 / Vol. 7, No. 4

Is Your Child’s School Effective?

Don’t rely on NCLB to tell you

Fall 2006 / Vol. 6, No. 4

Crowd Control

Does reducing class size work?

Summer 2003 / Vol. 3, No. 3

Tough Love

The value of high grading standards

Spring 2004 / Vol. 4, No. 2

Gray Lady Wheezing

The AFT hoodwinks the Times

Winter 2005 / Vol. 5, No. 1

School Reform Economics

Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies? by JAMES J. HECKMAN AND ALAN B. KRUEGER, EDITED by BENJAMIN M. FRIEDMAN

Spring 2005 / Vol. 4, No. 2