William H. Schmidt

William H.   Schmidt
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Statistics, Psychometrics, and Research Design
  • Measurement and Quantitative Methods
  • Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education


William Schmidt is a University Distinguished Professor, founder and director of the Center for the Study of Curriculum and director of the Education Policy Center. He also holds faculty appointments in measurement and quantitative methods and in the Department of Statistics. His writing and research focuses on issues of academic content in K-12 schooling, the effects of curriculum on academic achievement, assessment and educational policy related to mathematics, science and testing in general. He joined MSU in 1969.

Schmidt has published in numerous journals, including the Journal of American Statistical Association, Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

His books include Teacher Education Matters, Inequality for All and the edited volume International Perspectives on Teacher Knowledge, Beliefs and Opportunities to Learn.

He is a member of the National Academy of Education, an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow, director of the AERA Institute on Statistical Analysis and an OECD Thomas J. Alexander Fellow for education quality and equity.