Jonathan Schweig

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Behavioral/Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in education, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S. in statistics, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. in curriculum and teacher education, Stanford University


Jonathan Schweig (he/him) is a social scientist at the RAND Corporation and professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research interests are at the intersection of quantitative methodology and education policy, specifically on the measurement of instructional practice, school and classroom climate, and the development and implementation of teacher evaluation policies.

Schweig earned an M.A. in curriculum and teacher education from Stanford University, an M.S. in statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.


  • A group of students walk down the hallway in a high school, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    Building an Evidence Base for High School Improvement Will Require Concerted Effort Among Policymakers, School Systems, Researchers, and Funders

    The ultimate goal of every education intervention is to help enable students to achieve their fullest potential. Relatively few interventions suited for high schools are supported by evidence of positive effects. Research that is able to provide sound evidence about effectiveness is more important than ever.

    May 12, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • Students wait to receive books during a materials distribution for distance learning at Heather Hills Elementary School in Bowie, MD, on August 26, 2020, photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Sipa USA via Reuters

    Unpacking COVID-19's Long-Term Effects on Students

    The pandemic has created an unprecedented set of obstacles for schools and exacerbated existing structural inequalities in public education. It may take years to understand how COVID-19 affected student learning and social and emotional development and to identify any lasting effects on low-income communities and communities of color.

    Dec 29, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • Rows of empty desks in a school

    The Opt-Out Reckoning

    Criticism of standardized testing is nearly as old as the testing itself. Will the opt-out movement promote meaningful and enduring changes in the educational system, and will these changes benefit the most at-risk and disadvantaged students?

    May 10, 2016 U.S. News & World Report