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Jack Schneider

Associate Professor of Leadership in Education, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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Schneider’s research broadly examines the influence of rhetoric, politics, history, and culture on educational policy. Recently, he has focused particularly on the measurement of school quality. How does the public get information about schools? What measurement tools do policymakers rely on? How does the information included in educational data systems align with what people actually value? What are the intended and unintended consequences of standardized testing? Working with the Center for Collaborative Education in Boston, Schneider co-founded the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment, which seeks to move beyond test scores in measuring school quality -- providing rich, comprehensive, fair, and useful information to stakeholders.


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"GOP Critical Race Theory Attack Is Straight From Reagan’s School Privatization Playbook," Jack Schneider (with Jennifer C. Berkshire), Opinion | Open Forum, The San Francisco Chronicle, June 27, 2021.
"What’s Joe Biden’s Plan for Education?," Jack Schneider (with Jennifer C. Berkshire), Society, The Nation, June 15, 2021.
"The Future of Public Education Will Be Decided in the 2020 Election | Opinion," Jack Schneider (with Jennifer Berkshire and Derek Black), Opinion, The Philadelphia Enquirer, October 21, 2020.
"Pass-Fail Raises the Question: What’s the Point of Grades?," Jack Schneider, Opinion, The New York Times, June 25, 2020.
"There’s a Better Way to Pick Schools Than Denver’s Rating System," Jack Schneider (with Paul Vranas), The Denver Post , January 23, 2020.
Interview on standardized test questions Jack Schneider, Radio Boston, April 4, 2019.
Jack Schneider's research on impact of homework discussed by Joe Pinsker, "The Cult of Homework," The Atlantic, March 28, 2019.
"Betsy DeVos Is Fabricating History to Sell a Bad Education Policy," Jack Schneider, The New Republic, January 28, 2019.
"George H.W. Bush Laid the Foundation for Education Reform," Jack Schneider, The Conversation, December 3, 2018.
"New Civics Education Law Misses the Mark," Jack Schneider, CommonWealth Magazine, November 10, 2018.
"How are America’s Public Schools Really Doing?," Jack Schneider, The Washington Post, October 15, 2018.
Interview on private universities Jack Schneider, NBC Think, August 16, 2018.
Co-Host by Jack Schneider (with Jennifer Berkshire) to Have You Heard Podcast.
"What School-Funding Debates Ignore," Jack Schneider, The Atlantic, January 22, 2018.
Jack Schneider quoted by Sean Mulkerrin, "Analysis: No Quick Fix for Growing Student Poverty" The Altamont Enterprise, November 30, 2017.
Jack Schneider quoted by Connor Cumminksey, "School Tests Limited in What They Can Measure, Experts Say" The Journal, November 5, 2017.
"Betsy DeVos Doesn't Understand How Markets Really Work," Jack Schneider, Washington Monthly, October 27, 2017.
"The Urban-School Stigma," Jack Schneider, The Atlantic, August 25, 2017.
"Why Americans Think So Poorly of the Country's Schools," Jack Schneider, The Atlantic, July 17, 2017.
"Charter Cap Debate Clouds Original Intent," Jack Schneider, CommonWealth Magazine, October 10, 2016.
"What Makes a Level 1 School?," Jack Schneider, CommonWealth Magazine, September 27, 2016.
"America's Not-So-Broken Education System," Jack Schneider, The Atlantic, June 23, 2016.
Jack Schneider quoted on American school system by Amy Scott, "High School is Too Old School" Marketplace, September 18, 2015.
"U.S. Public Schools are Better than They've Ever Been," Jack Schneider, Interview with Libby Nelson, Vox, October 13, 2014.
"Making It Easier to Fire Teachers Won't Get You Better Ones," Jack Schneider, Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2014.
"Better Ways to Grade Public Schools," Jack Schneider, Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2013.
"Long History of U.S. Shootings Means Obama is Right, NRA is Wrong," Jack Schneider, Christian Science Monitor, January 16, 2013.
"No Magic Solution for Schools," Jack Schneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 1, 2012.
"'Gut Instincts': Are We Really Better off Not Thinking?," Jack Schneider, Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2011.
"Let's Tackle Education Funding Once and for All," Jack Schneider, USA Today, April 9, 2009.
"How to Shape New U.S. Citizens," Jack Schneider, Christian Science Monitor, August 4, 2008.
"Segregation Forever: Why Integration Never Came to the LAUSD," Jack Schneider, Los Angeles Daily News, June 21, 2008.
"Schools' Unrest over the AP Test," Jack Schneider, Christian Science Monitor, May 28, 2008.
"Advanced Placement, Academic Segregation," Jack Schneider, Oakland Tribune, June 2, 2007.
Regular contributions by Jack Schneider to Education Week's K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric Blog.


Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality (Harvard University Press, 2017).

Reframes current debates over school quality by offering new approaches to educational data that push past the unproductive fixation on test scores. Develops a new framework to more fairly and comprehensively assess educational effectiveness.

"The (Mis)measure of Schools: How Data Affect Stakeholder Knowledge and Perceptions of Quality" (with Rebecca Jacobsen, Rachel White, and Hunter Gehlbach). Teachers College Record (forthcoming).

This article examines the influence of test scores and more holistic measures of school quality in shaping public understandings of familiar and unfamiliar schools.

"The Best of Both Worlds" (with Joe Feldman and Dan French). Phi Delta Kappan 98, no. 3 (November 2016): 60-67.

Argues that replacing machine-scored standardized tests with teacher-rated classroom assignments and accurate grading may represent our best hope for promoting both accountability and instruction. 

"Closing the Gap... Between the University and Schoolhouse" Phi Delta Kappan 96, no. 1 (September 2014): 30-35.

Argues that research is often applied when scholars know how to make their work visible to teachers, friendly to their worldview, practical for use by K-12 schools, and easy to share, but this doesn't ensure the quality or effectiveness of the research. 

From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2014).
Explores the relationship between research and practice in education, outlining challenges and opportunities for moving scholarship into K-12 classrooms.
Excellence for All: How a New Breed of Reformers is Transforming America’s Public Schools (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011).
Reveals the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of the contemporary school reform movement, using three high-profile reforms as case studies.