Brian Stecher is a senior social scientist and the associate director of RAND Education; he is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Stecher's research focuses on measuring educational quality and evaluating education reforms, with a particular emphasis on assessment and accountability systems. During his 20 years at RAND, he has directed prominent national and state evaluations of No Child Left Behind, Mathematics and Science Systemic Reforms, and Class Size Reduction. His measurement-related expertise includes test development (prototype performance assessments for teacher certification, hands-on science tasks for middle school students), test validation (the quality of portfolio assessments in Vermont and Kentucky and new assessments in Washington), and the use of assessments for school improvement (formative and interim assessments, quality of classroom assessments). He has presented findings to policymakers at the state and national level, to practitioners, and to the public. Stecher has served on expert panels relating to standards, assessments, and accountability for the National Academies, and is currently a member of the Board on Testing and Assessment. He has published widely in professional journals and is currently a member of the editorial boards of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Educational Assessment. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Stecher, B.M. et al., A Culture of Consequences: Performance-Based Accountability Systems for Public Services, RAND (MG-1019), 2010
Stecher, B.M. & Vernez, G., Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind: Facts and Recommendations., RAND Corporation (MG-977), 2010
Hamilton, L.S. & Stecher, B.M. "Expanding what counts when evaluating charter school effectiveness.," in Betts, J.R. & Hill, P.T., Taking the measure of charter schools: Better assessments, better policymaking, better schools., Rowman and Littlefield, 2010
Martínez, J.F., Stecher, B., and Borko, H., "Classroom Assessment Practices, Teacher Judgments, and Student Achievement in Mathematics: Evidence from the ECLS.," Educational Assessment, 14:78-102, 2009
Stecher, B. M., Le, V., Hamilton, L. S., Ryan, G., Robyn, A., and Lockwood, J. R., "Using structured classroom vignettes to measure instructional practices in mathematics.," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 28(2):101-130, 2006
Brian M. Stecher and Sheila Nataraj Kirby, Organizational Improvement and Accountability: Lessons for Education from Other Sectors, RAND Corporation (MG-136), 2004
B. M. Stecher and L. S. Hamilton, "Responding Effectively to Test-Based Accountability," Phi Delta Kappan, 85(8), 2004