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Molly Pileggi

Senior Research Associate

Pronouns: She/Her


  • M.S.Ed. in International Education Development: University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Cornell University

About Molly Pileggi

Molly Pileggi is committed to using research to improve educational outcomes for students and to empower teachers. She has content expertise in the transition to high school and extensive experience in out-of-school time. She also has technical expertise in quasi-experimental designs as well as efficient data processing and management.

Currently, Pileggi is the co-director and quantitative lead of evaluations of nearly twenty 21st Century Community Learning Center providers in the Philadelphia area. She is also leading a quasi-experimental study of the impact of the Éxito afterschool program on high school dropout rates. Pileggi also contributes to research focused on the high school transition and graduation rates conducted in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Education Research Consortium.

In all her research, Pileggi brings contextual experience as a former middle school science and high school math teacher and as a founding board member of the first university scholarship program in Guyana. She received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2006 and a master’s degree in International Education Development from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

  • My favorite cuisine is...


  • Currently binge watching...

    Schitt's Creek.

  • When I'm not at work, you can find me...

    Playing with my daughter or playing or watching soccer.

Key Projects by Molly Pileggi

Statewide Studies of Educational Outcomes of Boys & Girls Clubs Members

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P’unk Avenue and Community College of Philadelphia

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Evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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An Evaluation of the Picasso Schoolwide Model

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RFA’s Evaluation of Outcomes in City Year Philadelphia Schools

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Say Yes to Education: RFA’s Five-Year Evaluation of the Cleveland Chapter

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Evaluating Philadelphia’s Community Schools Initiative

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An Evaluation of Congreso de Latinos Unidos’ Exito Program at Kensington CAPA High School

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The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC)

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21st Century Grants: Tracking the Implementation and Success of Academically-Oriented After-School Programs

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Recent Publications by Molly Pileggi


Changing the Finish Line: Implications of new graduation requirements in the School District of Philadelphia

PERC research is produced through collaboration between researchers from Research for Action and the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Research and Evaluation. For more information, please visit New graduation requirements, enacted in 2018…


FAQ: Superintendents in Pennsylvania School Districts

Superintendent leadership plays an important role in charting the trajectory of school district operations and ultimately of student learning. Meanwhile, several school districts undergo a superintendent transition each year, yet relatively little is known about…


Teacher Mobility in Allegheny County, 2014-15 through 2019-20

Teacher mobility, or teacher turnover, has long garnered attention as a critical educational equity gap. This attention is warranted as, within schools, teachers have the single greatest impact on student achievement. The unprecedented interruptions to school-based learning and the trials…


How Long Will it Take Me To Get to School?

Philadelphia’s high school selection process is a complex one for students and their families. Under normal circumstances, transportation to school is an important factor to consider. Average public transit times can vary widely by school…
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