Dr. Jonathan Stern is Research and Evaluation Lead for RTI’s International Education division. He has 20 years of experience and published research in educational policy, measurement and assessment, quantitative methods, research design, and program evaluation. He serves as Principal Investigator for two cross-country research initiatives: Learning at Scale (Gates) and Play Accelerator (LEGO). He has provided technical expertise and assistance to education programs in more than twenty countries throughout his career, with an explicit focus on supporting project staff and ministry counterparts on their use of monitoring and evaluation data and applied research findings for evidence-based decision-making. Since joining RTI in 2014, Dr. Stern has worked extensively in the education assessment space, leading research efforts and innovations in standard setting, benchmarking, and educational measurement for early grade reading and mathematics.