Jay Greene
21st Century Chair in Education Reform


  • Accountability
  • Assessment
  • Grade retention
  • School choice

Jay P. Greene is department head and 21st century chair in education reform at the University of Arkansas. Greene is known for his work to improve the accurate reporting of high school graduation rates, address financial incentives in special education, and the use of standardized tests to curb social promotion. His research was cited four times in the Supreme Court’s opinions in the landmark Zelman v. Simmons-Harris case on school vouchers. His articles have appeared in policy journals, such as The Public Interest, City Journal, and Education Next; in academic journals, such as Education Finance and Policy, Economics of Education Review, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis; as well as in major newspapers, such as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Greene is the author of “Education Myths” and “Why America Needs School Choice.” Greene has been a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts University and his doctorate from Harvard University.