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 (he/his) is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research uses quantitative methods to study K–12 education policy, with current work in educator effectiveness, educator professional development, educator use of instructional materials, and K–12 education finance. He works extensively with the American Educator Panels, where he conducts research on issues facing K–12 educators and students using the American Instructional Resources Survey, the Learn Together Survey, and the State of the American Teacher and State of the American Principal Surveys. In addition to these topics, he is interested in research on K–12 students' post-secondary and labor force transition and student access to diverse and culturally responsive educators and teaching practices. Prior to joining RAND, he earned his Ph.D. in education leadership and policy at Vanderbilt University.

Recent Projects

  • The American Instructional Resources Survey (AIRS)
  • The Learn Together Survey (LTS)
  • Evaluation of Delaware's Opportunity Funding and Student Success Block Grant Programs

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, 56(6), 2019

Joshi, E.H., Doan, S., & Springer, M.G., "Student-teacher race congruence: New evidence and insight from Tennessee," AERA Open, 4(4), 2019

Rogers, L.K. & Doan, S., "The magnitude of student sorting for new-to-assignment teachers," Elementary School Journal, 120(2), 2020