Mark Schneider

A former commissioner of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, Mark Schneider writes about a broad range of education issues: charter schools, consumer choice in education, and higher education policy. He is the author and coauthor of numerous scholarly books and articles, including the award-winning “Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools” (Princeton University Press, 2000). From 2000 to 2001, he served as vice president of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and simultaneously as president of APSA’s public policy section. He is currently vice president at the American Institutes for Research and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Published Articles & Media

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    Modernizing Access to Education Data Could Improve Student Learning
    For AI to maximize its benefit to education, it needs a diet of quality data that national statistics can provide
  • The Accountability Plateau
    In Texas and across the nation, high-stakes testing regimes produced real gains for a few years, then flat-lined
  • The International PISA Test
    States should think twice before paying for more testing. There are easier ways to compare students to their global peers.
  • Challenging PISA Again
    Andreas Schleicher recently blogged in response to my EdNext article, “The International PISA Test,” but his response fails to deal with important issues I raised in my article: the quality of PISA’s analysis and the degree to which PISA’s reports ignore the limits of the data in support of conclusions that seem to have been determined in advance of the analysis. Another issue I raised is how PISA should fit into the U.S. system of testing and data collection.

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