Laura Hamilton
Senior Behavioral Scientist


  • Accountability
  • Assessment
  • Education technology
  • Principals
  • Teacher evaluation

Laura Hamilton is a senior behavioral scientist and associate director of RAND Education, a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and an adjunct faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Sciences and Policy program. Her research addresses educational assessment, accountability, the measurement and evaluation of instruction and school leadership, the use of data for instructional decision making, and evaluation of technology-based curriculum reforms. She is currently leading or co-leading projects examining high school reform, the preparation of school leaders, personalized learning, educator evaluation, and the measurement of interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies. She was a member of the committee that revised the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and chair of a What Works Clearinghouse panel on data-driven decision making. She serves on several state and national panels on topics related to assessment, accountability and educator evaluation. She is also an editor of the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. She holds a doctorate in educational psychology and master’s degree in statistics from Stanford University.