Christina Tuttle

Christina Tuttle

Principal Researcher
  • Education evaluations
  • Large, complex, multi-site evaluations
  • Random assignment
Focus Areas
  • Education
  • School Choice and Charters
  • Strengthening and Disseminating Research
  • Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
  • Human Services
About Christina

Christina Tuttle specializes in the design and implementation of rigorous impact evaluations of educational interventions.

Tuttle experience includes evaluating charter schools and other school choice initiatives. She served as deputy project director of the national evaluation of KIPP middle schools. In addition, she was the project director of an evaluation of the impacts of the KIPP network of charter schools on student outcomes at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, involving random assignment. This study, funded by an Investing in Innovation (i3) scale-up grant from the U.S. Department of Education, also included an implementation analysis related to leadership development programs at KIPP.

For the U.S. Department of Education, Tuttle serves as the topic area expert on charter schools for the national evaluation of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants, and was deputy project director of a recent nationwide random assignment evaluation of charter schools. Tuttle also conducts key reviews of research: she is deputy principal investigator for the What Works Clearinghouse, conducting systematic reviews of the research literature and characterizing the effectiveness of a variety of educational interventions, and she reviews studies conducted by the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories.

Tuttle, who joined Mathematica in 2004, has published in the Economics of Education Review and holds an M.P.P. in education and family policy from Georgetown University.

Key Projects
  • School children in classroom with teacher
    KIPP: Preparing Youth for College

    Mathematica built on its initial study of KIPP middle schools with this five-year project, designed to address the question of whether KIPP can maintain its effectiveness as the network grows. The study included an impact analysis, an implementation analysis, and a correlational analysis.

  • Impact Evaluation of Support for Principals

    This study is designed to provide rigorous evidence on the impact of principal professional development on principal practices, school climate, teacher effectiveness and retention, and student achievement.

  • Charter Schools: Are They Effective?

    This national evaluation of charter schools addressed questions about the impacts of charter schools on students' achievement, students' school success, and parents' satisfaction.

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