Scott Naftel (M.A., Public Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham and (ABD) Ph.D. Program in Political Science, George Washington University) is a quantitative project associate in the Education program at RAND. His research emphasis is evaluation of education policy using quantitative methodologies and analysis of national databases, survey data, and achievement data. Naftel is presently working on the Understanding Teacher Quality project for the Gates Foundation. On this project he is collecting and processing data for value-added analysis of teacher effects on student achievement. He served as deputy director of the National Longitudinal Study of No Child Left Behind for the U.S. Department of Education. He also worked on a project for the National Science Foundation that evaluated the scale-up of state accountability systems and on a national evaluation of the Teachers for a New Era initiative for the Rockefeller Foundation. Other 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.