Scott Naftel

Senior Quantitative Analyst
Off Site Office


M.A. in public administration, University of Alabama; B.A. in political science, University of Alabama


Scott Naftel is a quantitative project associate at the RAND Corporation. He evaluates education policy using quantitative methodologies and analysis of national databases, survey data, and achievement data. Naftel has experience from multiple projects in building databases for value-added modeling of teacher and program effects on student learning. He is currently working on an evaluation of social and emotional learning programs and an evaluation of the Opportunity By Design initiative. He recently worked on a summer learning project evaluation for the Wallace Foundation and a study of the long-term effects of grade retention policies for the U.S. Department of Education.

Naftel served as deputy director of the National Longitudinal Study of No Child Left Behind for the U.S. Department of Education. His previous projects include studies of teacher supply and demand in Texas and implementation of whole school reform models under the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program and the New American Schools initiative. Naftel has also worked on numerous studies of human resources management issues in the military. He earned his M.A. in public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.