John Pane is Distinguished Chair in Education Innovation and Senior Scientist in RAND’s Education unit. He researches the implementation and effectiveness of educational innovations, with a focus on personalized learning, education technology, math, and science. These investigations include explorations of policies that enable or hinder innovative uses of technology in primary and secondary schools. He applies experimental and rigorous quasi-experimental methods in his research studies, and also collects rich descriptive information about implementation.
He has led or co-led experiments using individual-level or school-level random assignment, including a large-scale effectiveness trial of mathematics tutoring software in 147 schools in 51 school districts in seven states, and an experiment examining the effects of summer learning programs in five urban school districts. He also leads quasi-experimental evaluations of schools implementing personalized learning models, and of projects in rural Kentucky that are using technology to increase student readiness for college and careers. Previously, John led evaluations of a NSF math and science partnership and a school district’s one-to-one laptop initiative, investigated data-driven decisionmaking practices in education, and studied the effects of the 2005 hurricanes on public school students in Louisiana.
John received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Sponsors of his research have included the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the U.S. Army, the Heinz Endowments, and the Grable, Pittsburgh, and Benedum Foundations.