About the Panel

RAND, the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), the Council of Great City Schools, and Kitamba launched the American School District Panel (ASDP) in fall 2020. The ASDP is part of the American Educator Panels.

From 2020–2026, this team will conduct surveys approximately two times a year and publish district profiles based on in-depth interviews with ASDP members to dive more deeply into survey topics such as recovering from COVID-19 learning loss.

The ASDP effort is informed by an advisory committee of district, charter management organization (CMO), policy, and community leaders who provide input on survey and qualitative study topics. The ASDP surveys explore a range of district functions, such as curriculum and instruction, professional development supports, and services for students with disabilities. The research will examine district strategy, structure, policy, and practice, and will provide insight into how districts are changing to support school-level problem-solving.

Download data for free from the American Educator Panels data portal or explore interactive survey results via our data tool.

Contact us

If you have questions about the American School District Panel, contact asdp@rand.org.

Supporting organizations

The American School District Panel is supported by the following state organizations:

Advisory committee

  • Valerie Bridges Former Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools
  • Sonja Brookins Santelises CEO Baltimore City Public Schools, Maryland
  • Alberto M. Carvalho Superintendent Los Angeles Unified Schools, California
  • Sharon L. Contreras Chief Executive Officer The Innovation Project
  • John Edward Deasy President Bezos Family Foundation
  • Cristina deJesus President and CEO Green Dot Public Schools, California
  • David DeRuosi Interim Executive Director New England School Development Council (NESDEC)
  • Chad Gestson Executive Director Arizona Institute for Education and the Economy Former Superintendent of Phoenix Union High School District
  • Jason Glass Associate VP of Teaching and Learning Western Michigan University
  • Ray Hart Executive Director Council of the Great City Schools
  • Pedro Martinez Chief Executive Officer Chicago Public Schools, Illinois
  • Demetri “Rico” Munn Chief of Staff Colorado University Former Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools
  • Morton Sherman Associate Executive Director AASA
  • Gregory White President and CEO LEARN Charter School Network
  • John White Chief Success Officer Great Minds Former Louisiana State Superintendent of Education
  • Lakisha Young Executive Director The Oakland REACH

How we recruit school districts and CMOs into the ASDP

Who we recruit

The aim of the ASDP is to provide nationally representative estimates of school districts, with a significant participation of large urban districts serving a majority of African American, Hispanic, and/or low-income students. RAND therefore created the following strata from which to sample and recruit districts:

  1. A national sample of school districts sampled with probability proportional to the square root of size (based on student enrollment); and
  2. The U.S.-based district members of the Council of the Great City Schools

Survey results from participating ASDP members are weighted to national characteristics of school districts based on National Center for Education Statistics data.

How we recruit the panel

Prior to the Fall ASDP survey – typically in September of each year – RAND invites additional school districts to participate in the ASDP. After drawing the stratified sample, RAND contacts districts in several ways and through multiple contact points. RAND partners with several national- and state-level organizations, who we refer to as “trusted partners,” throughout the recruitment phase. Most local educational agencies (LEAs) receive an email from a trusted partner before receiving an invitation from RAND. The trusted partner email is sent to the superintendent to describe the ASDP, encourage participation, and let them know that they will soon receive an invitation to join the ASDP from RAND. Several days later, RAND sends a recruitment email to the LEA leader containing an invitation to join the ASDP and instructions on how to join the panel via an online portal.

The recruitment materials are sent via email. Several reminder emails are also sent in the weeks following (either from RAND or a trusted partner) to non-respondents. If additional responses are needed, RAND staff will make phone calls to the invitees to remind districts about the ASDP and encourage enrollment.