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Arthur E. Wise, President

Arthur E. Wise, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education President

Arthur E. Wise

During his career, Art has worked toward teacher quality and professionalism, school finance reform, and the advancement of educational research.

At NCATE, he has directed the design of performance-based accreditation, a new approach, and led efforts to develop a system of quality assurance for the teaching profession. He is co-author of A License to Teach, which is a blueprint for the professionalization of teaching.

Art first came to national prominence as the author of Rich Schools, Poor Schools: The Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity. That 1968 book conceived the idea of the school finance reform lawsuit. Since then, at least 18 state supreme courts have ordered the equalization of state school finance systems.

His 1979 book, Legislated Learning, anticipated the current wave of educational reform by calling for teacher professionalism and school-based management. As director of the RAND Corporation's Center for the Study of the Teaching Profession, he proposed education policies concerned with teacher licensing, teacher evaluation, and teacher compensation. Many of these proposals have been incorporated into state laws and regulations.

Long active in federal education policy, he proposed to Congress the creation of the new National Institutes of Education; in 1995 Congress established five new institutes. In the late 1970s, he helped to create the U.S. Department of Education.

Art's previous positions include: associate director, National Institute of Education, associate dean and associate professor of education at the University of Chicago, and captain at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. He is a graduate of the Boston (Public) Latin School, Harvard College, and received an MBA and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Chicago.


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