Sami Kitmitto is a principal researcher at AIR. He is an economist and quantitative analyst specializing in quasi-experimental model development and analysis. He is currently project director for the National Evaluation of Magnet Schools. He is also deputy project director on the NAEP-State Analysis project with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) where he is leading two tasks: one measuring the change in inclusion rates of students with disabilities on NAEP and a second analyzing achievement gaps using NAEP data.
Dr. Kitmitto has worked on numerous education finance and policy projects including project director for the Educational Opportunities and Performance of Military Students Research Study and on an evaluation of the federal Impact Aid program for ED. Additionally, he recently developed an efficiency index for California public school districts as part of a project documenting how districts have coped with the state’s current fiscal crisis and has authored a book chapter on California’s paid family leave program. Dr. Kitmitto earned his doctorate in Economics with a multi-disciplinary emphasis in Economy, Justice, and Society from the University of California, Davis.