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Ziyu Zhou

Research and Data Specialist, All4Ed

Ziyu Zhou joined All4Ed in August 2019 as a policy analyst and is responsible for analyzing data about state implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), informing policymakers at the national and the state levels, and helping improve equity under ESSA.

Prior to joining All4Ed, Ms. Zhou completed a year-long fellowship at Child Trends, a research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and youth. She conducted research on “healthy school” policy in the K–12 education space, including school climate; inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students in schools; and trauma-sensitive practices. She also played a leading role in creating data visualizations in Tableau for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) State School Health Policy Database. Ms. Zhou also worked for a youth program in Pittsburgh, PA, that aims to help students of color and those from low-income families transition successfully from high school into higher education and meaningful careers. She gained hands-on experience working with youth and established a central database for the program.

Ms. Zhou holds a master’s degree in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and literature from Fudan University (Shanghai, China).

Articles by Ziyu

May 3, 2021

Blog | Assessment

High-Poverty Schools Must Have Poor Test Results? New York Data Show That’s Not the Case

It is unfair to assume that poverty, or any other student demographic characteristic, is inextricably linked to lower academic achievement.
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March 26, 2021

Federal Flash | COVID Response & Recovery, Digital Divide, Federal Communications Commission, US Department of Education

Grand Reopening! How the Federal Government Is Supporting Students’ Return to School

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) convened the National Safe School Reopening Summit to share strategies and guidance to help schools return to in-person …
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March 2, 2021

Federal Flash | Accountability and Support, Assessment, Congress, COVID Response & Recovery, Digital Divide, Every Student Succeeds Act, Federal Communications Commission, US Department of Education

Testing, Testing? New Federal Guidance on State Assessments

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) waives accountability requirements, but questions remain on whether state assessments will go forward as planned this year. Plus, …
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November 18, 2020

Publication | Accountability and Support, Every Student Succeeds Act

When Equity Is Optional

Our data on ESSA implementation show how states have used ESSA’s flexibility to take wildly varied approaches to school accountability and support—and the consequences of these choices for students of color.
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November 18, 2020

Publication | Accountability and Support, Every Student Succeeds Act

When Equity Is Optional: Students of Color More Likely to Attend Low-Rated Schools

School ratings can reveal disparities in the quality of education different groups of students receive. Black and Latino students were more likely to attend low-rated schools than White students.
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November 18, 2020

Publication | Accountability and Support, Every Student Succeeds Act

When Equity Is Optional: How State Choices Affect Ratings and Identification for Support under ESSA

Students in low-performing schools—who are much more likely to be students of color or from low-income families—in different states have very different odds of receiving the support they need to improve.
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