Michael Feuer

Michael Feuer

Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University

(202) 994-6161
It is an exciting time to be part of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development as we debate and engage in some of our nation's most important policy issues. Here, we believe that education has been and will continue to be the single greatest contributor to the public good and the nation's future. I'm looking forward to meeting and discussing these critical topics with you.

Michael Feuer is Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education Policy at The George Washington University, and President of the National Academy of Education. In the fall of 2014, President Obama appointed Dean Feuer as a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.

Prior to his joining GWU, for the previous 17 years, Dean Feuer held positions at the National Research Council of the National Academies, most recently as the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. He also served as a senior analyst and project director at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment.

Feuer received his BA (cum laude) in English literature from Queens College New York, an MA in public management from the Wharton School, and a PhD in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania. He has studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Sorbonne, was on the faculty of the business school at Drexel University from 1981-1986, and has taught courses in education policy and research at Penn and Georgetown.

Feuer consults regularly to educational institutions and government in the US, Israel, Europe, and the Middle East. He has published in education, economics, and policy journals and has had reviews, essays, and poems in newspapers and magazines in Washington, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York.

Feuer is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Educational Research Association.


Feuer, M. J. (2014). Pure and applied science and Pasteur’s quadrant. In D. Philips, et al, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Educational Theory. Sage.

Engel, L., Feuer, M. J. (2014). On the merits of, and myths about international assessments. Quality Assurance in Education, 22 (4).

Feuer, M. J., Floden, R., Chudowsky, N., Ahn, J. (2013). Evaluation of teacher preparation programs: Purposes, methods, and policy options. Washington, DC: National Academy of Education.

Feuer, M. J. (2013). Validity of international large-scale assessments: Truth and consequences. In , M. Chatterji (Ed.), Validity and test use: An international dialogue on educational assessment, accountability and equity. London: Emerald.

Feuer, M. J. (2011). Politics, economics, and testing: Some reflections. Midwestern Educational Researcher, 24 (1).

Feuer, M. J. (2010). Externalities of testing: Lessons from the blizzard of 2010. Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 8, 59–69.

Feuer, M. J., Maranto, C. (2010). Science advice as procedural rationality: Reflections on the National Research Council. Minerva, 48, 259–275.

Feuer, M. J. (2009). Rationality and idealism: A moderate response to Bredo, Kerdeman, and Robertson. Educational Theory, 59 (5).


Feuer, M. J. (2012). No country left behind: Notes on the rhetoric of international comparisons of education. William Angoff Invited Lecture. Princeton: ETS.

In the News

Dean Michael Feuer's essay titled Accountability for Science and the Science of Accountability was published on items.ssrc.org. Dean Feuer discusses rationales for accountability systems for social science and problems of implementing them in response to Kenneth Prewitt's "Can Social Science Matter?"

Dean Michael Feuer was the featured speaker at the George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) graduation in the Marvin Center on June 26. This is the 5th cohort of students to graduate from GWUOHS. This year's group of seniors received more than $3 million in scholarship awards, and one of the GWUOHS graduates will be attending GW this fall.

Dean Michael Feuer and Maria Ferguson, Executive Director of GSEHD's Center on Education Policy, were quoted in GW Today's article What is the Future of U.S. Education about The Atlantic's 2016 Education Summit that was hosted at GW last week.

GW hosted the Atlantic's 2nd annual Education Summit this week. The event lasted two days, focusing on K-12 education the first day and on higher education the second day. Maria Ferguson, executive director of GW's Center on Education Policy, opened the summit with welcome remarks. Dean Michael Feuer participated in a discussion on teacher training, along with high school teacher and GSEHD alumna Clare Berke.

Fulbright student Hatice Altun from Turkey wrote a blog post reflecting back on her experience at the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar hosted by GSEHD at the end of April. She did a nice job capturing the spirit of the event, including some great quotes by Dr. Jim Williams and Dean Michael Feuer. It's a wonderful read, especially if you weren't able to attend the event. Enjoy!