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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

In Fight Against Grade Inflation, Those Rare Tough Teachers Are Champions

The editor recalls the only "C" on his academic record, in high school calculus.

Democrats Dodge a Charter Question — and for a Reason

It took until the third hour of the third Democratic presidential debate for education policy to make an appearance.

An Authoritative Look at Charter Schools and Segregation

Have charter schools intensified the already high levels of segregation afflicting American public schools?

Not So Apolitical, After All

Sleep time, start time story offers wake-up call

The Strikes Keep Coming

Will districts demand reform in exchange for needed raises?

Looking Past the Wreckage of a Disgraceful Confirmation Process

By securing a conservative majority on the court for the foreseeable future, Kavanaugh’s confirmation can be expected to accelerate ongoing shifts to the right in constitutional doctrine.

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.

A Disappointing National Report Card

What explains the disappointing results?

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