Catherine Augustine
Senior Policy Researcher


  • Expanded learning time, after-school & summer learning
  • Measures of effective teaching
  • Teacher quality

Catherine Augustine is a senior policy researcher at RAND. Her work focuses on improving educational outcomes for students in large urban school districts. She is co-leading a randomized controlled trial evaluation on the impact of summer learning programs on elementary students in Boston, Dallas, Duval County, Fla., Pittsburgh, and Rochester, N.Y. Part of this work involves measuring the climates of the summer learning sites and analyzing the relationship between site climate, student attendance, student behavior, academic outcomes, and social emotional outcomes. She is also part of a team evaluating the implementation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s effort to improve teaching effectiveness in four urban sites across the country. An aspect of this work focuses on how the Pittsburgh Public School District is measuring and striving to improve the teaching and learning environment in schools. Past research focused on the impact of policy coherence on school leadership, community collaboration in arts education, school district governance, and postsecondary education scholarship assistance. She has a doctorate in education from the University of Michigan.