Walter Herring

Walter Herring

PhD student in Education Policy Studies

University of Virginia


Walter Herring is a Researcher at Mathematica. He earned his PhD in Education Policy Studies from the University of Virginia.

Prior to entering graduate school, Walter taught Algebra I in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, and later worked as a data analyst and program manager at an education non-profit in San Jose, California. In each of these positions, he witnessed the central and complex role that data-driven decision making plays in education. He entered graduate school to develop a skill set that would allow him to help education stakeholders wield the increasing amount of information available to them to drive equitable decisions for students.

In this vein, Walter’s research explores how stakeholders can leverage data from kindergarten entry assessments, statewide longitudinal data systems, and other sources to highlight inequities and inform decision making in the early elementary grades. His current projects demonstrate how these emerging data can be used to document disparities in children’s early reading outcomes and inform intervention resource allocation decisions at the state and district levels.


  • Elementary grades
  • Early literacy
  • Educational inequity
  • Predictive analytics in education


  • PhD in Education Policy Studies, 2022 (Expected)

    University of Virginia

  • MPP in Public Policy, 2019

    University of Virginia

  • BA in Public Policy, 2013

    Stanford University


EDLF 4080: Education Policy (Undergraduate)

Co-instructor: Fall 2019, University of Virginia

LPPP 6001: Foundational Skills Workshop in Stata (Graduate)

TA: Fall 2018, University of Virginia

Data Management Workshop (Undergraduate)

Instructor: Summer 2018, Summer 2019, University of Virginia

Algebra I (9th Grade)

Teacher: 2013-2015, WW Samuell High School


eBird Life List

I started bird watching as a way to get outside during the COVID-19 pandemic and am keeping a running tally of my currently-humble list of “lifer” species.

Ed Policy Holiday Cards

For the last four years, my program-mate Brian Kim and I have created a series of goofy holiday cards ( click here for the 2021 edition). Brian does the design and most of the thinking, I’m more of an “ideas guy”.