Mollie Rudnick

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in education, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in political science and sociology, University of Arizona


Mollie Rudnick is an assistant policy analyst at RAND who recently completed her Ph.D. at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her dissertation research focused on the effectiveness of the teacher hiring practices in Hunstville City Schools, Alabama.

Rudnick also has an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in political science and sociology from the University of Arizona. She has created data collection tools to support the research and evaluation of educational interventions and conducting evaluations of educational reforms, including competency-based learning and blended learning. Rudnick also taught middle school mathematics and science in Philadelphia as a Teach for America corps member.

Research Focus

Selected Publications

Lewis, M.W., Eden, R., Garber, C., Rudnick, M., Santibañez, L. & Tsai, T., "Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles.," Students at the Center: Competency Education Research Series, 2014

Faxon-Mills, S., Hamilton, L.S., Rudnick, M., & and Stecher, B.M., New Assessments, Better Instruction? Designing Assessment Systems to Promote Instructional Improvement, RAND (RR-354), 2013

Century, Jeanne, Rudnick, Mollie, & Freeman, Cassie, "A Framework for Measuring Fidelity of Implementation: A Foundation for Shared Language and Accumulation of Knowledge," American Journal of Evaluation, 31(2):199-218, 2008

Century, Jeanne, Rudnick, Mollie, & Freeman, Cassie, "Accumulating Knowledge on Elementary Science Specialists: A Strategy for Building Conceptual Clarity and Sharing Findings," The Science Educator, 17(2):31-44, 2008