William Schmidt
University Distinguished Professor


  • Assessment
  • Common Core
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • International comparisons

William H. Schmidt is a university distinguished professor at Michigan State University and director of the Center for the Study of Curriculum Policy. He is also director of the Education Policy Center and holds faculty appointments in statistics and education. Previously he was national research coordinator and executive director of the U.S. National Center. He has published in numerous journals and has co-authored eight books, including “Why Schools Matter,” “Teacher Education Matters,” and “Inequality for All.” His current writing and research concerns issues of academic content in K-12 schooling, assessment theory and the effects of curriculum on academic achievement. Schmidt received the 1998 Willard Jacobson Lectureship from The New York Academy of Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Education. In 2009, he was elected in the first group of fellows in the American Educational Research Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Concordia College and his doctorate from the University of Chicago in psychometrics and applied statistics. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in 1997.