Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is also chairman of the Executive Committee for the Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas at Dallas, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and area coordinator for the economics of education of the CESifo Research Network. He was a Commissioner on the Equity and Excellence Commission of the U.S. Department of Education from 2011-13. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences from 2004-2010 and was Chair from 2008-2010. He is an expert on educational policy, specializing in the economics and finance of schools. His on going research spans a number of the most important areas of education policy including the impacts of high stakes accountability and of class size reduction and the importance of teacher quality. His most recent book, The Knowledge Capital of Nations: Education and the Economics of Growth, develops the linkages of skills and achievement to national growth. His other books include Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School; Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses: Solving the Funding-Achievement Puzzle in America’s Public Schools; Courting Failure; Handbook on the Economics of Education, The Economics of Schooling and School Quality; Making Schools Work; Educational Performance of the Poor; and Education and Race. In addition, he has published numerous articles in professional journals. He was awarded the Fordham Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in 2004, and he is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1974.