David Kang is a Technical Research Associate for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Kang is the senior technical analyst on a variety of projects, including our evaluations of the NYC Department of Education’s federally-funded InnovateNYC Ecosystem, an effort to improve the supply and quality of educational technology tools available to NYC’s teachers and students; iMentor’s College Ready Program, which pairs high school students from low-income communities with college-educated mentors; and the Expanded Success Initiative, which aims to improve college readiness among NYC’s Black and Latino young men. A trained economist, Dr. Kang’s research interests lie in using educational data to find strong evidence for cause and effect relationships.
Prior to joining the Research Alliance, Dr. Kang was a researcher at the Value-Added Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he contributed to studies assessing the quality of educator preparation programs in Minnesota, and helped to design a state-wide principal evaluation system. He also conducted research on educator and school quality for districts in Chicago, Atlanta, Milwaukee , and Hillsborough County, Florida.
Dr. Kang holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.