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Anna Rosefsky Saavedra

Anna R. Saavedra is a Research Scientist at the University of Southern California Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research. Her research addresses civics education, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning, deeper learning, Advanced Placement (AP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). As Principal Investigator Anna currently leads the Knowledge in Action (KIA) Efficacy Study, a large-scale implementation and randomized control trial evaluation of the KIA project-based learning approach to teaching AP. Anna also recently led a rigorous quantitative evaluation of the IB DP, a study of the IB DP approach to students’ civic engagement and citizenship, and a mixed methods evaluation of the Mexican IB DP. Anna is also first author of papers on Common Core State Standards implementation, teaching and learning 21st century skills, and K-12 civic education, and a co-led a study of college students' critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal, and writing skills. Economics of Education Review, Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Press and Compare have published her recent work. Prior to her research career, Anna taught AP history and managed educational programs and partnerships for a large international education company. Her education master’s and doctorate are from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


  • 2016–present
    Research Scientist, University of Southern California Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research
  • 2011–2016
    Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation