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Jing Zhu Recertified as What Works Clearinghouse Reviewer

Jing Zhu

Jing Zhu, Metis senior associate for design and analysis

Jing Zhu, Metis senior associate for design and analysis, has been recertified as a reviewer of educational research studies by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)—an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. As the federal government and private funders continue to emphasize the need for evidence-based approaches in the delivery of human services, the WWC serves as central and trusted source of scientific evidence for successful practices in education. The reviews of education research conducted by the WWC are used to guide practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and the public at large.

Jing was first certified by the WWC in 2012 and in March 2014 passed a new qualifying examination that was redesigned after the WWC released new standards. At the same time, Metis was recertified as Jing’s organizational affiliation. Jing is in the company of approximately 300 researchers who are eligible to review education research studies using the new WWC evidence standards for studies involving randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs.

Jing, who received her PhD in quantitative research, evaluation, and measurement from The Ohio State University, is proficient in various rigorous research designs, including randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs. She is also specialized in advanced statistics such as multilevel modeling and propensity score matching (PSM). Her certification by the WWC affirms her position among the nation's leading experts in education research design and program evaluation. Metis congratulates Jing and applauds her continuing contributions to our work.