Mark Low


Director of Standards and Methods

Mark Low, Ph.D. has over 15 years of experience as a university researcher, as an evaluator of local and national policies and programs, and as a director of federal contracts. Prior to joining Activate, Dr. Low was a senior analyst where he led multiple projects providing various statistical and evaluation support services to federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). His core areas of expertise include assessing the validity of a study’s claims against its methods and data; deciding what types of statistics are appropriate given a study’s design; and determining the extent to which a study’s findings can be generalized to other settings. Dr. Low holds an M.Ed. in secondary education from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching, and education policy from Michigan State University.