William H. Schmidt is a University Distinguished Professor of statistics and education at Michigan State University. He serves as director of the Education Policy Center and holds faculty appointments in Statistics and Education. Previously he served as National Research Coordinator and Executive Director of the US National Center which oversaw participation of the United States in the IEA sponsored Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). He has published in numerous journals including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Educational Statistics, EEPA, Science, Educational Researcher, and the Journal of Educational Measurement. He has co-authored ten 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 including the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, assessment theory, and effects of curriculum on academic achievement. He is also concerned with educational policy related to mathematics, science and testing in general. 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. Schmidt served on the Steering Committee for Review of the Evaluation Data on the Effectiveness of NSF-Support Mathematics Curriculum Materials. He received his A.B. in mathematics from Concordia College in River Forrest, IL and his Ph.D. from University of Chicago in psychometrics and applied statistics. He was also awarded an honorary degree from Concordia University in 1997.