Research Associate, K-12 Education Policy Area
Sepanik has been involved in several evaluations during her tenure at MDRC, including the Enhanced Reading Opportunities impact study, the professional development impact studies for second-grade reading teachers and seventh-grade math teachers, and the evaluation of Formative Assessments of Student Thinking in Reading (FAST-R) program in Boston Public Schools. As a member of the analysis team on each of these projects, she has been responsible for managing quantitative data collection, analyzing program effects, and coauthoring several reports. At present, she is managing the Getting Ready for Success Project in Tacoma, Washington, which explores the promise of college readiness programming coupled with monetary incentives for low-income students, and the Diplomas Now Investing in Innovation (i3) Evaluation, an impact study of a middle and high school reform model. Prior to joining MDRC, Sepanik worked as a research analyst at Chicago Public Schools, conducting research on student access to quality teaching and supporting efforts to create a new school accountability system for the district. She has also taught middle school language arts and social studies. She has an M.P.P. from the Harris School for Public Policy, University of Chicago.