Cecilia Speroni

Cecilia Speroni

Senior Researcher
  • Education policy and program evaluation
  • Data analysis
  • Regression discontinuity designs
  • Cluster randomized experiments
Focus Areas
  • Education
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Effective Data Use
  • STEM
  • Strengthening and Disseminating Research
  • Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
  • Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
  • Human Services
About Cecilia

Cecilia Speroni examines issues in education policy, including teacher and principal effectiveness; the use of data in education decision-making; and fostering student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Her work includes large-scale impact evaluations in K–12 and higher education, and she is an expert in analytic methods and data analysis.

Speroni is the deputy director of the National Science Foundation’s evaluation of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. The program aims to provide students with research and mentorship opportunities in STEM fields. She is designing an evaluation framework and pilot data system for the study. She is also examining the impact of performance-based incentives for teachers and principals as part of a U.S. Department of Education project and is assessing the quality of education research for the Institute of Education Sciences’ What Works Clearinghouse.

Prior to joining Mathematica, Speroni held positions at the Community Research Center and American Institutes for Research. She has a Ph.D. in economics and education from Columbia University and is a reviewer for numerous journals including American Educational Research Journal, Economics of Education Review, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Key Projects
  • Pay-for-Performance: Evaluating the Teacher Incentive Fund

    This study is evaluating these performance-based compensation systems to examine issues like the impact of pay-for-performance on student achievement and educator effectiveness, and helping to answer pressing policy questions about how the programs are designed, communicated, and implemented.

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