Dan Pratt

Director, Center for Education Surveys / Vice President, Education and Workforce Development

Dan Pratt


  • MS, Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, History, Duke University

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Dan Pratt leads large-scale studies in education, and manages more than 90 education survey research professionals. His research interests include adaptive and responsive survey design, longitudinal research, mixed-mode data collection, and the use of technology in study implementation.

Mr. Pratt has nearly 25 years of experience directing large-scale, nationally-representative longitudinal studies conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, including the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 Fourth Follow-up, and the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002. He is currently leading the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) and the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-2018 (MGLS:2017). HSLS:09 focuses on understanding how high school experiences affect young adults’ learning and their educational and career choices, and explores their transitions from high school to college, the labor force, or adult roles. Of special interest is course-taking and career preparation in math and science. MGLS:2017 measures academic progress in the middle grades, an important but generally understudied phase of education. The study will assess students’ mathematics and reading skills, executive function, and socioemotional well-being, along with family and school factors.

Mr. Pratt joined RTI in 1987 as a programmer. With expertise in computer science, data processing, and software engineering, he developed many of the technical underpinnings of RTI’s key projects in survey research. He was named director of the Center for Education Surveys in 2005.