Biography of Dr. Tom Loveless
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Tom Loveless is Director of the Brown Center on Education Policy and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Loveless' research focuses on education policy and the politics of educational reform. He is the author of recent articles in the Wilson Quarterly, Education Next, American Journal of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Leadership, Educational Administration Quarterly, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Loveless also authors The Brown Center Report on American Education, an annual report explaining important trends in achievement test scores. His op-eds have been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, and Education Week. Loveless has appeared on NBC's Today show, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, and Fox News.

Loveless' book, The Tracking Wars: State Reform Meets School Policy (Brookings Institution Press, 1999), examines two states' attempts to dismantle tracking in public middle schools. Loveless is editor of Conflicting Missons?: Teachers Unions and Education Reform (Brookings Institution Press, 2000) and The Great Curriculum Debate: How Should We Teach Reading and Math? (Brookings Institution Press, 2001). Loveless co-edited (with John E. Chubb) Bridging the Achievement Gap (Brookings Institution Press, 2002), and Stability and Change in American Education: Structure, Process, and Outcomes (with Maureen Hallinan, Adam Gamoran, and Warren Kubitscheck, Eliot Werner Publications, 2003). Most recently Loveless co-edited a volume on school choice with Julian Betts, Getting Choice Right: Ensuring Equity and Efficiency in Education Policy (Brookings Institution Press, 2005). The third and final publication of the National Commission on School Choice, Getting Choice Right assesses the basic mechanics of school choice, with a focus on the question of how, if the nation decides to expand choice, it can be implemented in a way to benefit the most students while minimizing any social costs.

Loveless holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in special education from California State University, Sacramento, and an A.B. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1979 to 1988, Loveless was a classroom teacher in the San Juan Unified School District, near his hometown of Sacramento, California. While teaching sixth grade, he served on numerous state and local curriculum committees. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1992, Loveless joined the faculty of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he served as both assistant and associate professors of public policy until 1999.

Loveless was selected as a National Academy of Education Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellow in 1995. He is currently on advisory boards of the American Journal of Education and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Since 2004, Loveless has represented the United States at the General Assembly of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Attainment, a sixty nation organization that governs international testing.

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