John Pane
Senior Scientist

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Adaptive courseware 
  • Assessment
  • Blended learning
  • Classroom technology
  • Education technology
  • Online learning
  • Personalized learning
  • Research and methodology

John F. Pane is a senior scientist in RAND’s Education and Labor Division. He applies experimental and rigorous quasi-experimental methods to study the implementation and effectiveness of innovations in education, with a focus on personalized/competency-based learning and education technology. He led the first large-scale evaluation of schoolwide personalized learning, and has employed individual or school-level randomization in numerous studies, some spanning hundreds of schools in multiple states. He also strives to make research results more accessible, including work on interpreting standardized effect sizes. He codirected the Carnegie Mellon – RAND postdoctoral program on applied statistical methods in education. He held RAND’s Distinguished Chair in Education Innovation. Pane sits on advisory boards of several non-profit education organizations. Major sponsors of his research have included the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. National Science Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Wallace Foundation. He holds a doctorate degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.