Dr. Mikhail Pyatigorsky

Dr. Mikhail Pyatigorsky is a Senior Research Associate with IMPAQ International. He focuses on public policy projects that utilize quantitative methods and applied microeconomics.


Dr. Mikhail Pyatigorsky more than ten years of experience in quantitative analysis in public and private sectors, with more than five years in education research. He has led multiple program evaluation, teacher effectiveness, and teacher preparation projects. This work included carrying out randomized control trial and quasi-experimental evaluations; developing and implementing value-added models; designing survey instruments; and providing training and consulting to education agencies. Dr. Pyatigorsky has written on such education topics as teacher preparation, human capital management systems, and student peer effects.


Dr. Pyatigorsky has worked with a wide range of education agencies, including US Department of Education, state departments of education, teacher preparation institutions, small and large school districts, as well as foundations and other research institutions.

Prior Experience

Prior to coming to IMPAQ, Dr. Pyatigorsky worked at the Value-Added Research Center of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he focused on helping school districts, teacher preparation institutions, and other education agencies effectively use their data.


Dr. Pyatigorsky earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University in 2010. His fields of study were labor economics and industrial organization.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Pyatigorsky, M. (2018, March). Improving Literacy Skills through Teacher Professional Development: Interim report on reading apprenticeship strategies. Presentation at the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Levin, S. & Pyatigorsky, M. (2017, March). An Evaluation of Reading Apprenticeship: Writing Connections, a Hybrid Professional Development Model of Reading Apprenticeship. Poster presentation at the Association for Education Finance & Policy Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Pyatigorsky, M. & Abe, Y. (2017, March). Implications of Alternative Covariate Selection Procedures for Impact Estimates: Lessons from a Random Assignment Study. Poster presentation at the Association for Education Finance & Policy Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Pyatigorsky, M., Abe, Y., & Fancsali, C.(2016, March). Developing Content-Area Academic Literacy: A Randomized Control Trial of the Reading Apprenticeship Improving Secondary Education (RAISE) ProjectPresentation at the SREE Spring Conference, Washington, DC.

Past Papers and Presentations

Pyatigorsky, M., Heneman, H., Steele, C., Finster. M. & Milanowski, A. (2015). Teacher Leader Programs: Structure and Staffing in Four TIF Districts.

Value-Added Research Center (2014). Analysis of Teach for America Value-Added in Tulsa Public Schools.

Meyer, R., Pyatigorsky, M. & Rice, A. (2014). Evaluation of Educators and Educator Preparation Programs: Models and Systems in Theory and Practice. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, San Antonio, TX.

Meyer, R., Pyatigorsky, M., Rice, A. & Winter, J. (2013). Student Growth and Value-Added Information as Evidence of Educator Preparation Program Effectiveness: A Review.

Value-Added Research Center (2011). A Formative and Summative Evaluation of the Language! and Unique Special Education Literacy Programs in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Pyatigorsky, M. (2011). Mexican-Americans in US Schools. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association, Denver, CO.

Pyatigorsky, M. (2008). Peer effects on academic performance among and between immigrant and non-immigrant ethnic groups. Paper presented at the Add Health Users Conference, Bethesda, MD.