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Jack Schneider

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Jack SchneiderAssistant Professor

Research Interests

Educational Policy; Education Reform; Measuring School Quality; Accountability; Public Attitudes; Standardized Testing; Teacher Knowledge; Research-to-Practice Connections; History of Education


  • Ph D: History of Education, (2010), Stanford University - Stanford CA
  • MA: American History, (2007), Stanford University - Stanford CA
  • BA: Political Science, (2002), Haverford College - Haverford, PA


Jack Schneider, Ph.D., 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, 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.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • PROSE Award (2018), Scholarship/Research - Association of American Publishers

Selected Publications

  • Schneider, J. (2017). Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality. Harvard University Press
  • Schneider, J. (2014). From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education. Harvard Education Press
  • Schneider, J. (2011). Excellence For All: How a New Breed of Reformers Is Transforming America's Public Schools. Vanderbilt University Press