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Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University. He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1969. In 2011, Kirst became the President of the California State Board Of Education for the second time. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975/1982) and its president from 1977 to 1981. Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning for the Elementary and Secondary Education of the US Office of Education. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published by Jossey Bass in 2004, and Political Dynamics Of American Education in 2009.

The full policy implications of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts K-12 are just beginning to unfold across the 45 states (and DC) that are working to implement them. The CCSS will impact almost all key state education policies in fundamental ways. As we learned from the 1990-2005 era of systemic state standards-based reform, when academic standards change, so do policies related to student assessment and school accountability.

The Common Core Meets State Policy: This Changes Almost Everything. Michael W. Kirst. Policy Analysis for California Education, 2013.
The Evolution of California’s State School Finance System and Implications from Other States. Michael Kirst, Margaret Goertz, Allan Odden. Getting Down to Facts, 2007.
The Role of Intergovernmental Relations in K-12 to Higher Education Transitions. Michael W. Kirst, Michael D. Usdan, Brent Evans, Jon Valant. 2011.
Broad-Access Higher Education: A Research Framework for a New Era. Michael W. Kirst, Mitchell L. Stevens, Kristopher Proctor. A report on the conference, “Reform and Innovation in the Changing Ecology of U.S. Higher Education: Inaugural Strategy Session”, Stanford University, 2-3 December 2010, 2010.
The Political Dynamics of American Education - Fourth Edition. Michael W. Kirst, Frederick M. Wirt. McCutchan Publishing Corporation, 393 pages. 2009.
From high school to college: Improving opportunities for success in postsecondary education. Michael W. Kirst, Andrea Venezia. Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley, pp. 448. 2004.