Anandita is a second-year doctoral student in the Research, Statistics, and Evaluation program at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. Her research focuses on accountability policies and their intended and unintended consequences, especially on student achievement and non-cognitive outcomes. Before joining Curry, she worked as a Data and Policy Fellow at Achievement First, a charter management organization that operates a network of 30 schools in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. She handled their accountability requirements, minimizing distraction at the school level in the reporting process. She earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Madras, India in 2013 and graduated from the Master of Science in Social Policy program in 2014.
The MSSP program provided the perfect platform to explore my research interests as well as gain quantitative skills to support such research. In particular, I was able to understand the policy process, and how research can be used for program and policy evaluation. The coursework provided a wide range of skills for me to learn and engage with, most of which I use in my PhD program.