Hussain on Education Quality Indicators – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Hussain on Education Quality Indicators

Associate Professor of Education Khuram Hussain was recently featured in theWallethub article, “2016’s States with the Best and Worst Education Systems,” sharing his expertise on what factors often have the most significant impact on the quality of education in schools across the country. The articleanalyzes the quality of education in each state by examining metrics such as student-teacher ratios, average SAT and ACT scores, and the state’s overall dropout rate.

Hussain explains how school districts vary in quality based on per-pupil spending, but also along other significant factors, such as the structure of the school, collaborative relationships between educators, and the commitment of policymakers to community-based decisions, among other initiatives. The quality of schools are significant in student success in comparison to other factors, such as family life or neighborhood, he says. Hussain writes, “… students from low SES backgrounds benefit dramatically more from higher quality schooling.”

Hussain earned a B.A. in history and political science cum laude from Oswego State University of New York. He earned a M.A. in American history, a M.A.T. in social studies from Binghamton University, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, where he studied education policy, the history of education and black press history.

He teaches courses that explore culturally responsive, community-oriented and democratic education. He has given more than 20 peer-reviewed presentations and has been published in 11 peer-reviewed publications. His current book, “Weapons for Minds: The Political Imagery of Muhammad Speaks, 1960 – 1975.” is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press for a 2017 publication.

The complete article with Hussain’s reflections is available on Wallethub.