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Assistant Professor of Education, UMass Lowell

Jack Schneider 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, Dr. Schneider is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The Conversation. He is the co-host of the education policy podcast Have You Heard, and serves as the Director of Research for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment.


  • –present
    Assistant professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell


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

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    "Beyond Test Scores: Research for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment"
    Funding Source:
    Center for Collaborative Education
  • 2015
    "Measuring School Quality Beyond Test Scores"
    Funding Source:
    Spencer Foundation