Anna K Chmielewski

Anna K. Chmielewski is an Assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.She joined the Pathways programme in September 2012 and was based at Michigan State University working with Prof. Barbara Schneider at the College of Education. In April 2014 she accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship of Educational Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Anna’s research examines macro-level trends in educational inequality, both cross-nationally and over time. Specifically, she is interested in socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement, school segregation, curricular streaming/tracking/ability grouping and university access, as well as the consequences of childhood inequality for adult skills, educational attainment and income. She uses a sociological lens and quantitative methods, including multilevel modelling and methods for measuring segregation and achievement gaps. Much of her research draws on data from international large-scale assessments, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

Chmielewski, A.K. (2014). “An International Comparison of Achievement Inequality in Within- and Between-School Tracking Systems.” American Journal of Education 120(3): 293-324.

Chmielewski, A.K., H. Dumont, and U. Trautwein. (2013). “Tracking Effects Depend on Tracking Type: An International Comparison of Mathematics Self-Concept.” American Educational Research Journal 50(5): 925-957.

Chmielewski, A.K. and C. Savage. (Forthcoming, 2015). “Socioeconomic Segregation Between Schools in the US and Latin America, 1970-2012.” To be published in Land and the City: Proceedings of the 2014 Land Policy Conference, edited by George McCarthy and Samuel Moody. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Jerrim, J., A.K. Chmielewski, and P. Parker. (Revise & resubmit). “Socioeconomic Inequality in Access to High Status Colleges: A Cross-Country Comparison.”

Reardon, S. and Chmielewski, A.K. (In preparation).  Patterns of Cross-National Variation in the Association between Income and Academic Achievement.

Chmielewski, A.K. (In preparation). Educational Quality and Equality: Complementary: Contradictory, or Unrelated?

Book Chapters
Chmielewski, A.K. (forthcoming) Social Inequality in Educational Transitions under Different Types of Secondary School Curricular Differentiation.In: I. Schoon & R. K. Silbereisen (Eds.).  Pathways to Adulthood: Social inequalities, structure and agency and social change.

Parker, P.D., Jerrim, J., Chmielewski, A.K. and Marsh, H.W. (forthcoming) Machine Learning Approaches to Developmental Transition:  Illustrating Penalized Regression and Decision Tree Models of University Entry.In: I. Schoon & R. K. Silbereisen (Eds.).  Pathways to Adulthood: Social inequalities, structure and agency and social change.

Willingham, D. (Sep. 30, 2013). “The Association of Tracking and Math Self-Concept.” Daniel Willingham Science and Education Blog. Available at:

de Dios, A.C. (Oct. 5, 2013). “To Track or Not To Track?” Philippine Basic Education Blog. Available at:

Yettick, H. (May 14, 2014). “Regardless of Its Form, Tracking is Inequitable, PISA Analysis Finds.” Inside School Research blog, Education Week. Available at:

June 2014 – interviewed by William Smith for article in AJE Forum: Smith, W. (Forthcoming, 2014). “Tracking and Streaming in an International Perspective: An Interview with Dr. Anna K. Chmielewski.” AJE Forum. Available at:

Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (2015-2016)

University of Toronto Connaught New Researcher Award (2015-2016)