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Martin R. West


Martin R. West is Academic Dean and the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and editor-in-chief of Education Next. He is also deputy director of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of both the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the National Assessment Governing Board. In 2013-14, he served as senior education policy advisor to the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. He previously taught at Brown University and was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Published Articles & Media

Logo for NAEP Nation's Report Card

Nation’s Report Card to Shine Spotlight 
on Pandemic-Related Learning Loss

Governing Board responds to testing schedule disruptions with a plan
In May 2021, President Biden discussed the economy at an Ohio community college.

Hunger for Stability Quells Appetite for Change

Results of the 2021 Education Next Survey of Public Opinion
About half of parents favor requiring students to wear masks when schools open in the fall, and about a third oppose the practice, with the rest taking a neutral position.

Parent Poll Reveals Support for School Covid-Safety Measures Despite Vaccine Hesitancy, Partisan Polarization

Private-school parents report less learning loss, greater satisfaction with pandemic schooling
In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin's trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Tarnished Shield of Qualified Immunity

Cases involving teachers, principals, and school board members have been central to the evolution of a legal doctrine that also often protects abusive police from financial liability.
United States President Joe Biden signs executive order on Covid-19 during his first minutes in the Oval Office, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

Condition Covid Aid on Opening Schools

Or else let funding flow directly to parents
Banners in support of the elementary school teachers hang outside Brentano Elementary School as teachers instruct virtual classes during a protest against returning to in-person teaching outside of Brentano Elementary School in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

Have Parents Turned Against Teachers Unions? Not Yet, Our Survey Shows

Backlash related to school closures fails to materialize, at least so far.
School children are spaced apart in one of the rooms used for lunch at Woodland Elementary School in Milford, Massachusetts.

Pandemic Parent Survey Finds Perverse Pattern: Students Are More Likely to Be Attending School in Person Where Covid Is Spreading More Rapidly

Majority of students receiving fully remote instruction; Private-school students more likely to be in person full time
President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening.

A Fertile Period for Education Reform?

The unexpected effects of politics, the pandemic, and racial awakening

If Many More Private Schools Close, All Schools Will Suffer

Biden, Moynihan, and Goldwater once teamed up on a tuition tax-credit. Could something similar happen now?

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