Mark Duffy

Senior Research Associate



B.A. in American Studies: University of Mary Washington
M.S. in Public Policy: Rutgers University


Mark Duffy has worked in the field of education policy and practice research for over a decade, focusing on both K-12 and postsecondary reform in areas such as standards-based assessment and accountability systems and developmental education. While at RFA, Mark’s projects have included research on the implementation of curricular tools aligned to the Common Core State Standards, college pipeline programs for low income students and efforts to improve college completion rates. Mark has also contributed to briefs on multiple education policy issues, including teacher evaluation and performance pay, charter school authorization, high school exit exams and school vouchers. Before coming to Research for Action, Mark consulted for the Rodel Foundation of Delaware and contributed to the state’s successful round one application for Race to the Top funding. Prior to that, he was a consultant and full time researcher with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania and Teachers College, Columbia University. Along with work on standards-based reform across the states, his research at CPRE included work on school funding, teacher preparation and the national assessment of Title I. Mark has been published in a number of articles and reports, and has co-authored multiple book chapters. He received his Master of Science degree in Public Policy at the Bloustein School of Public Policy at Rutgers University.