Marisa de la Torre

Marisa de la Torre is a Managing Director and Senior Research Associate at the UChicago Consortium. She is an economist with extensive econometric expertise focused on causal inference using quasi-experimental designs. Her research interests include urban school reform, school choice, and early indicators of school success. de la Torre has examined the impact of school closings in Chicago, the effect of policies aimed to turnaround low-performing schools, the impact of selective enrollment high schools, long-run trends of school indicators in Chicago, and what middle grade indicators matter to be successful in high school and eventually in college. Her work on the impact of school closings prompted Chicago Public Schools to create a Student Bill of Rights for students affected by school closures. She has co-authored numerous journal articles and reports and her work has also appeared in book chapters. Her research is frequently covered in the local and national media, including the New York Times, Ed Week, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tonight, and local public radio.

She is currently a Co-Principal Investigator for a project funded by the Spencer Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust, School Closings In Chicago: Understanding The Impact On Students, Teachers, And Schools—which uses a mixed-methods methodology—and a Co-Principal Investigator for a project funded by the Smith-Richardson Foundation, Improving Access to High-Quality Schools for Disadvantaged Youth: Selective High Schools in Chicago —which uses rigorous quasi-experimental methodology. She is also leading the work in Chicago on a joint project with researchers at American Institute for Research, Access to Eighth-Grade Algebra: Helping Schools Understand Prospects for All Students, funded by IES.

Before joining the 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.

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GoCPS: A First Look at Applications and Offers GoCPS: A First Look at Applications and Offers Working Paper Aug 2018
School Closings in Chicago: Staff and Student Experiences and Academic Outcomes School Closings in Chicago

Staff and Student Experiences and Academic Outcomes

Report May 2018
Selective Enrollment High Schools in Chicago: Admission and Impacts Selective Enrollment High Schools in Chicago

Admission and Impacts

Snapshot Feb 2018
The Success Project: The Implementation and Early Outcomes of a Middle Grade Program The Success Project

The Implementation and Early Outcomes of a Middle Grade Program

Report Oct 2017
The Role of Selective High Schools in Equalizing Educational Outcomes The Role of Selective High Schools in Equalizing Educational Outcomes

Heterogeneous Effects by Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status

Working Paper Nov 2016
The Educational Benefits of Attending Higher Performing Schools: Evidence From Chicago High Schools The Educational Benefits of Attending Higher Performing Schools

Evidence From Chicago High Schools

Article Oct 2016
School Closings in Chicago: Understanding Families' Choices and Constraints for New School Enrollment School Closings in Chicago

Understanding Families' Choices and Constraints for New School Enrollment

Report Jan 2015
Looking Forward to High School and College: Middle Grade Indicators of Readiness in Chicago Public Schools Looking Forward to High School and College

Middle Grade Indicators of Readiness in Chicago Public Schools

Report Nov 2014
Free to Fail or On-Track to College Free to Fail or On-Track to College Brief Sep 2014
Turning Around Low-Performing Schools in Chicago: Full Report Turning Around Low-Performing Schools in Chicago

Full Report

Report Feb 2013
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