Marisa de la Torre is the Associate Director for Professional Development at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. She is very familiar with Chicago Public Schools' policies and part of her work involves studying them. She was the author of two studies on the effects of policies aimed at the lowest-performing schools in the district. One, Turning Around Low-Performing Schools in Chicago, investigates the effects of these policies on whether schools see improvements after the reform. The other report deals with the effect of school closings on students' academic outcomes, When Schools Close: Effects on Displaced Students in Chicago Public Schools, which has been widely cited in the press. This work prompted Chicago Public Schools to create a Student Bill of Rights for students affected by school closings. She is also familiar with the high school choice process in Chicago Public Schools and one of her studies was published in School Choice and School Improvement, a book edited by Mark Berends, Marisa Cannata, and Ellen B. Goldring. She is currently studying how to gauge whether middle-grade students are ready to be successful in high school and eventually in college. Before joining UChicago Consortium, she worked for the Chicago Public Schools in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Accountability. She received a master's degree in economics from Northwestern University.