John F. Pane

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Senior Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science, B.S. in electrical and computer engineering and mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University

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John F. Pane is a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is also co-director of the Carnegie Mellon and RAND Traineeships in Methodology and Interdisciplinary Research (CMART), an IES postdoctoral training program.

He researches the implementation and effectiveness of educational innovations, with a focus on math, science, and education technology initiatives. His expertise includes the application of experimental and rigorous quasi-experimental methods in education settings and assessing the impact of new technologies. Pane has been principal investigator of several experiments using individual-level or school-level random assignment, including a large-scale effectiveness trial in 147 schools in 51 school districts in seven states. He is currently leading an evaluation of innovative new schools adopting blended-learning models, and an evaluation of a technology-based initiative to improve college and career readiness in rural Kentucky; he also co-leads an experiment examining the effects of summer learning programs. He has led evaluations of a NSF math and science partnership and a school district's one-to-one laptop initiative, and investigated data-driven decisionmaking practices in education and the effects of the 2005 hurricanes on public school students in Louisiana.

Sponsors of Pane's 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. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Previous Positions

Project Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University

Recent Projects

  • Experimental studies of the implementation and effects of technology-based mathematics curricula
  • Experimental evaluation of summer learning programs
  • Study of the implementation and outcomes of innovative blended/personalized learning school models
  • Study of the implementation of data-driven decisionmaking practices in schools
  • Evaluation of a school district's one-to-one laptop computer initiative

Selected Publications

John F. Pane, Beth Ann Griffin, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Rita Karam, "Effectiveness of Cognitive Tutor Algebra I at Scale," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2014 (forthcoming)

Matthew G. Springer, John F. Pane, Vi-Nhuan Le, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Susan Burns, Laura S. Hamilton, Brian Stecher, "Team Pay for Performance: Experimental Evidence from the Round Rock Pilot Project on Team Incentives," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 34(4):367-390, 2012

John F. Pane, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Jennifer L. Steele, Gina S. Ikemoto, and Mary Ellen Slaughter, "An Experiment to Evaluate the Efficacy of Cognitive Tutor Geometry," Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 3:254-281, 2010

John F. Pane, Valerie L. Williams, Stuart S. Olmsted, Kun Yuan, Eleanor Spindler, Mary E. Slaughter, Math Science Partnership of Southwest Pennsylvania: Measuring Progress Towards Goals, RAND Corporation (MG-857-AIU), 2009

John F. Pane, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Nidhi Kalra, Annie J. Zhou, "Effects of Student Displacement in Louisiana During the First Academic Year After the Hurricanes of 2005," Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 13:168-211, 2008

Julie A. Marsh, John F. Pane, Laura S. Hamilton, Making Sense of Data-Driven Decision Making: Evidence from Recent RAND Research, RAND Corporation (OP-170), 2006

John F. Pane, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Shannah Tharp-Taylor, Gary J. Asmus, Billy R. Stokes, Student Displacement in Louisiana After the Hurricanes of 2005: Experiences of Public Schools and Their Students, RAND Corporation (TR-430), 2006

Kerri A. Kerr, John F. Pane, Heather Barney, Quaker Valley Digital School District: Early Effects and Plans for Future Evaluation, RAND Corporation (TR-107), 2003

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Baton Rouge Advocate; Bloomberg News; Christian Science Monitor; EdSurge; Education Week; KPCC Pasadena; Louisiana Radio Network; Mindshift by KQED San Francisco; New York Times; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Sirius Satellite Radio

Commentary: Education Week