CEL About Us


About Us

The California Education Lab is a collaborative group of researchers investigating important questions of education policy and practice in California.  Much of our work focuses on understanding how young adults are prepared for, transition into, and succeed in college.  We also have expertise in K-12 school and teacher quality, college quality, peer effects, educational achievement gaps, school climate, facilities, finance, and school choice. Our projects explicitly aim to understand and improve persistent inequalities in educational attainment for students from different racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. In our work, we partner with California educators and policymakers across the K-12 and postsecondary sectors to answer timely and relevant questions with rigorous analytical methods.


To ensure the greatest impact on practice and policy, we collaborate with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)Wheelhouse Center for Community College Leadership and Research, and UC Davis Center for Poverty Research to disseminate our research findings. In addition to academic research conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals, we disseminate our findings through research and policy briefs, and present at a wide variety of conferences and convenings.


Our work is supported through federal research grants and the generosity of private foundations.

  • Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • College Futures Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • Stupski Family Foundation

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