Research and promote policies that solve major educational problems.
What does an Education Policy Analyst do?
Education Policy Analysts make their living researching, analyzing, and influencing laws that relate to education. It’s a lofty job indeed: While some laws stop crime by forbidding people from robbing banks, assaulting neighbors, the best ones-like laws on education-give them a higher quality of life.
As an Education Policy Analyst, you’re employed by government agencies, Lobbyists, think tanks, and interest groups to solve the country’s most pressing education problems. These problems include Teacher training and compensation, school funding and improvement, academic standards, curriculum development, and standardized testing.
Here’s how it works: When your country or community encounters an educational obstacle-high tuition rates, for example-it’s your job as an Education Policy Analyst to study the problem and recommend a solution. To do that, you spend your days gathering evidence in the form of polls, research, and expert interviews, then developing ideas based on what you find. You then market your ideas to Policymakers, the media, and the public. You might write papers, columns, letters, and briefs, for example, and meet with Educators, Reporters, and Lawmakers to sell them on your solutions.
Some laws are designed for criminals; the laws you analyze and impact, however, are designed for kids. Whether they’re first-graders or college seniors, you make sure they have opportunities to get the best education from the best Teachers at the best schools-no matter what.