Betheny Gross

Betheny Gross

Senior Research Analyst, Research Director

Twitter: @bgcrpe

Betheny Gross is a Senior Research Analyst and Research Director at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) and Affiliate Faculty, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, at the University of Washington Bothell. She coordinates CRPE’s quantitative research initiatives, including analysis of portfolio districts, charter schools, and emerging teacher evaluation policies. Dr. Gross has examined evidence and outcomes of district reform across the country, including Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Denver, and Broward County, and she has advised and consulted with districts leaders to formulate strategy and implementation. She is an expert at translating complex performance and accountability data for diverse users, from district leaders to parents, in cities including New York and Seattle. She is an authority on teacher quality and labor market issues, and she led the four-year, federally funded “Inside Charter Schools” initiative, which examined human resource and leadership practices in charter schools. Dr. Gross is co-author of an upcoming book on portfolio districts and the author of numerous research reports and articles. Her work has been published in several journals, including Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, American Education Research Journal, Journal of Education Finance, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Dr. Gross is a regular contributor to national education conferences and serves as a data advisor for Seattle’s Road Map for Education Results, a community and schools collaboration to improve the performance of low-income and minority students in Seattle. Prior to working at CRPE she was a research analyst at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and a math instructor at the University of Wisconsin. She also leads the Center’s “Reinventing the Wheel” Bike to Work efforts, with several eager riders and many more reluctant ones.

Dr. Gross holds a BA in Economics and Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Economics from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

01/2015
An Evaluation of Denver's SchoolChoice Process, 2012–2014: Is the School Enrollment System Working for Families?

Published in coordination with A+ Denver, the report evaluates Denver's SchoolChoice enrollment system from 2012 to 2014.

12/2014
How Parents Experience Public School Choice

A survey of 4,000 parents in eight "high-choice" cities finds parents are taking advantage of choice, but they want more good options.

12/2014
Special Education in Charter Schools: What We've Learned and What We Still Need to Know

This report summarizes CRPE's past two years of research and findings of special education in charter schools.

05/2014
The SEA of the Future: Building the Productivity Infrastructure

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, the essays in this third volume of the SEA of the Future describe a "productivity infrastructure" intended to provide a foundation for the work of SEAs.

05/2014
Is Personalized Learning Meeting Its Productivity Promise? Early Lessons from Pioneering Schools

This fiscal analysis finds that early difficulties forecasting enrollment and revenue can undermine implementation of personalized-learning models that blend computer-based and...

Date: Feb 26 2015
Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

Here's where to find CRPE experts at the 2015 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 40th Annual Research Conference in DC.

Date: Jun 18 2014
Where: The Terrace Room, 1380 Lawrence St., University of Colorado Denver, CO

At the release event for a new report, researchers discussed why Denver charter schools appear to serve fewer special education students than district-run schools.

Date: Apr 3 2014
Where: Philadelphia, PA

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas—from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy.

Date: Mar 13 2014
Where: San Antonio, TX

Several CRPE researchers are presenting work at the 2014 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Spring Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas, March 13-15.

Date: Oct 29 2013
Where: Orlando FL and Online

CRPE Senior Analyst and Research Director Betheny Gross and Senior Research Fellow Larry Miller join Scott Milam of Afton Partners for a panel on blended learning school cost analysis at this year's iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium.

Feb 15 2015

Betheny Gross is quoted in this Detroit Free Press article on what common enrollment might mean for Detroit's education reform efforts.

Jan 20 2015

CRPE's report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice, is featured and Betheny Gross quoted in this Education Week article on the challenges of expanding school choice.

Jan 20 2015

CRPE's report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice, is cited in this Education Week article about school transportation in Louisiana.

Jan 20 2015

Betheny Gross is quoted and her evaluation of Denver's common enrollment system highlighted in this Watchdog.org article.

Jan 8 2015

CRPE's analysis of Denver's SchoolChoice enrollment system is featured in this Denver Post article.

Jan 29 2015

As National School Choice Week comes to a close, Christine Campbell reflects on the Portfolio Network meeting in Memphis on school choice and the fact that school choice can mean different things to different people.

Jan 27 2015

Make it less intrusive and more meaningful, but don't get rid of annual testing, writes Betheny Gross.

Oct 3 2014

Robin Lake wraps up our blog series on accountability with a look at where we go from here.

Jun 17 2014

Jochim and Gross argue that, while the Feds should take a hard look at the rules and regulations they put on SEAs' use of funds, the efforts of entrepreneurial states suggest that SEAs should seize the flexibility they already have.

Jun 6 2014

Larry Miller and Betheny Gross discuss the role of charter school authorizers in the effort to increase personalized learning programs in schools

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