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Steven G. Klein

Center Director, Career & Adult Education and Workforce Development

Steven G. Klein, PhD, specializes in the design of education accountability and finance systems, policy analysis and research, and the evaluation of federal and state career education and pathways initiatives. Dr. Klein's expertise includes delivering customized technical assistance to help states align their secondary and postsecondary career education and workforce development systems and use longitudinal data to improve student and program performance.

Dr. Klein has a demonstrated track record managing large-scale contracts extending over multiple years and is in his 17th year of managing a task-ordering contract for the US Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, awarded in 1998 and again in 2004 and 2010.

Dr. Klein currently serves as principal investigator for the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education, and is directing evaluation studies for the congressionally mandated National Assessment for Career and Technical Education to assess states' implementation of federal Perkins legislation.


PhD, K–12 Educational Policy (specialization: Economics), University of California, Berkeley; MS, Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; BA, Biological Basis of Behavior (minor: Chemistry), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Latest Publications

Klein, S.G., & Staklis, S.M. (Jan 2016). Strengthening education and workforce development: Policy options for the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International. Education & Workforce Development,
Klein, S.G. (January 2015). Using performance-based funding to incentivize change: RTI Press Publication No. OP-0020-1501. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Klein, S., Sheil, A.R., White, R., Staklis, S., Alfeld, C., Dailey, C.R., et al. (Oct 2014). Evaluation of the implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006: Finance, accountability, and programs of study. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.
Klein, S., Pfeiffer, J., & Green, K. (2014). Assessing the education and employment outcomes of career and technical education students: Perkins Reauthorization Briefing. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.
Staklis, S., & Klein, S. (Aug 2013). Promoting Rigorous Career and Technical Education Programs of Study: Year 3 Quantitative Analysis Report. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.
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  • Education Accountability and Finance
  • Education Policy Analysis and Research
  • Career Education and Pathways Evaluation