Andrew McEachin, PhD


Andrew McEachin’s work focuses on helping policymakers and educators make informed decisions about the design and implementation of educational policies, so that data and policies may better support student learning and more equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students. His research seeks to better understand both the determinants of persistent educational inequities and inequalities, and to evaluate policies and programs aimed at mitigating them. His recent work explores policies related to school choice initiatives, student discipline policies, and curricular intensification. As the director of the Collaborative for Student Growth, Dr. McEachin leads an interdisciplinary team of NWEA researchers, and oversees numerous partnerships with researchers from universities, think tanks, grant-funding agencies, and other organizations.

He serves as co-editor of Educational Researcher, on the Board of Directors for the Association for Education Finance and Policy, and teaches courses on statistics and the economics of education at the USC Price School of Public Policy. Prior to joining NWEA, Dr. McEachin was a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, taught educational policy analysis and program evaluation at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and at North Carolina State University, and was an IES Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. He holds a PhD in Education Policy and MA in Economics from the University of Southern California.