The RAND Corp. has launched two large-scale longitudinal surveys intended to create a nationally representative pool of teachers and principals for researchers to explore changing perspectives on education policy and practice.
The American Teacher Panel and American School Leader Panel, based on the group’s long-standing American Life Panel, are recruiting about 4,600 district and charter school teachers and some 2,300 principals to take part in 30-minute online surveys a few times a year.
RAND researchers will ask a standard set of questions for about a third of the survey, covering topics from common standards and assessments to teacher evaluations and new technology on campus. A portion of each survey will also be sold to researchers, on the condition that the resulting findings be made public and not used for proprietary work.
A version of this article appeared in the September 17, 2014 edition of Education Week as New Research Panels to Take Pulse of Educators