Rita T. Karam is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Her research focuses on studying educational policies, educational organizations, educational equity, and program improvement. For over 14 years Karam has been investigating school reforms and educational programs (e.g. college access, STEM), decentralization policies and school monitoring/evaluation and accountability systems through the use of experimental and quasi-experimental methods. Karam has conducted summative and formative assessments of such programs and reforms where she examined their implementation and their effects on student academic and non-academic outcomes. In her research, she takes into account various factors such as the complexity of reforms and programs, their coherence with local policies as well as other government policies, and their alignment with cultural values
Karam utilizes surveys, case studies, interviews, and classroom observation methodologies to measure implementation both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Currently, Karam is leading or co-leading several educational projects including the examination of the role of technology in developing online communities of practice among science teachers, the implementation of Common Core Standards in mathematics and a strategic review of graduate education in Texas.
She earned her Ph. D. in Education from the University of California, Riverside.
Karam, R., Straus, S., Byers, A., Kase, C., Cefalu, M., "The Role of Online Communities in Promoting Sociotechnical Capital among Science Teachers," Educational Technology Research Development, 2017
Karam, R, Pane, J., Griffin, B.A., Robyn, A., Phillips, A., and Daugherty, L., "Examining the Implementation of Technology-Based Blended Algebra I Curriculum at Scale Cognitive Tutor Algebra 1 Program in Middle and High Schools," Educational Technology Research Development, 2016
Karam, R. and Zellman, G. , "Educating Syrian Refugees: Challenges Facing Host Countries," Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 2017
Karam, R., Goldman, C., Basco, D., and Carew, D. , Managing the Expansion of Graduate Education, RAND (RR-1899), 2017
Karam, R., Stecher, B., Tsai, T., Grimm, G., and Schweig, J, Mathematics Audit of DoDEA Schools, RAND (RR-1272), 2016