Brian Stecher
Senior Social Scientist


  • Accountability
  • Assessment
  • Education reform
  • Teacher effectiveness

Brian Stecher is a senior social scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on measuring educational quality and evaluating education reforms, with a particular emphasis on assessment and accountability systems. During his 25 years at RAND, Stecher has directed prominent national and state evaluations of No Child Left Behind, mathematics and science systemic reforms, and class size reduction. His measurement-related expertise includes test development, test validation, and the use of assessments for school improvement. Stecher has presented findings to policymakers at the state and national levels, practitioners, and the public. He has served on expert panels relating to standards, assessments, and accountability for the National Academies, and is currently a member of the Board on Testing and Assessment. He has published widely in professional journals and is currently a member of the editorial board of Educational Assessment. He received his doctorate from UCLA.