Sy Doan

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Associate Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in K-12 educational leadership and policy studies, Vanderbilt University; B.A. in English, University of Notre Dame


Sy Doan is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research uses quantitative methods to study K-12 education policy, with a focus on issues in teacher effectiveness and teacher labor markets. His prior work includes studies of the properties of commonly used teacher evaluation measures (e.g., classroom observation scores, value-added estimates) and the effects of student-teacher race congruence on academic achievement.

Prior to joining RAND, he earned his Ph.D. in education leadership and policy at Vanderbilt University and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Selected Publications

Doan, S., Schweig, J.D., & Mihaly, K., "The consistency of composite ratings of teacher effectiveness: Evidence from New Mexico," American Educational Research Journal, 2019

Joshi, E.H., Doan, S., & Springer, M.G., "Student-teacher race congruence: New evidence and insight from Tennessee," AERA Open, 2019

Rogers, L.K. & Doan, S., "The magnitude of student sorting for new-to-assignment teachers," Elementary School Journal (forthcoming)