Scott Naftel is a quantitative project associate at the RAND Corporation. He evaluates education policy using quantitative methodologies and analysis of national databases, survey data, and achievement data. Naftel has experience from multiple projects in building databases for value-added modeling of teacher and program effects on student learning. He is presently working on the Measuring Effective Teaching and Blended Learning Projects for the Gates Foundation, a summer learning project for the Wallace Foundation, and a study of the long-term effects of grade retention polices for the U.S. Department of Education. Naftel served as deputy director of the National Longitudinal Study of No Child Left Behind for the U.S. Department of Education. His previous projects include studies of teacher supply and demand in Texas and implementation of whole school reform models under the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program and the New American Schools initiative. Naftel has also worked on numerous studies of human resources management issues in the military. He earned his master's degree in public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.