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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 B.A. in Economics and Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The SEA of the Future: Prioritizing Productivity
Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, the four essays in this volume begin a conversation with state education leaders about making the most of every dollar they have.
HR with a Purpose: Building Talent for Distinct Schools and Networks
Prepared for the American Enterprise Institute Conference, “Teacher Quality 2.0: Will today’s reforms hold back tomorrow’s schools?”
Over the last decade, researchers and policymakers have highlighted a host of policies and practices...
Assessing the Outcomes of Charter School Students with Special Needs: Research Design Brief
How well do charter schools serve the students with special needs who choose to attend them? Finding the means to answer this question is complicated.
In March 2013, CRPE convened a group...
Improving Student Opportunities and Outcomes in Hartford Public Schools
Hartford Public Schools (HPS) was an early adopter of the portfolio strategy in 2006 and is a leader among districts implementing the reform. Yet both the district and the community are in need of hard evidence: as schools have...
The SEA of the Future: Leveraging Performance Management to Support School Improvement
This volume explores how state education agencies (SEAs), in a time of constrained resources, can leverage performance management tools to provide strong support for school improvement.
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Several CRPE researchers are presenting work at the 2014 AEFP Spring Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas, March 13-15.
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.
In this webinar, Robin Lake and Betheny Gross share key points from CRPE's November 2012 New York State Special Education Enrollment Analysis and discuss ways SEAs and authorizers can address and respond to potential enrollment issues.
Several CRPE researchers are presenting at the 2013 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco.
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Betheny Gross discusses teacher pipelines in this Commercial Appeal article.
This Chalkbeat Tennessee article outlines the key components of CRPE's portfolio strategy and notes that Tennessee's state-run Achievement School District was the only district to be ranked as a "national exemplar" in every category.
In this Education Week blog, Tom Vander Ark discusses CRPE's work on District-Charter Collaboration and the Portfolio School District Network.
CRPE's study of Hartford's portfolio strategy implementation is cited in this op ed, in which the author urges city leaders to retain Supt. Kishimoto and sustain the reform efforts.
The Building State Capacity and Productivity Center's new report is the first in a series intended to help state education agencies use performance management to support school improvement.
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Betheny Gross discusses the benefits and challenges of universal enrollment systems in cities with a high degree of school choice.
Christine Campbell and Betheny Gross outline the kinds of evidence school districts need to provide in order for communities to decide whether education reforms are working.
CRPE has received funding from the Walton Family Foundation to study pressing research and policy issues around charter schools and special education.
CRPE has received funding from the Walton Family Foundation for a two-year study on the effect of unified enrollment systems on families and schools.
In this commentary, Betheny Gross and Patrick Murphy look at the investments and adaptations state education agencies will need to make to transform their organizations from compliance monitors to active performance managers while facing limited resources, limited time, and rapidly escalating demands.