Betheny Gross

Betheny Gross

Senior Research Analyst, Research Director

Twitter: @bethenygross

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.

08/2017
Are City Schools Becoming Monolithic? Analyzing the Diversity of Options in Denver, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C.

CRPE researchers discover distinct school differences in three cities and offer innovative, evidence-based solutions to help urban U.S. districts increase options so that families can find the right fit for their child.

06/2017
Can Public Transportation Improve Students’ Access to Denver’s Best Schools of Choice?

This study examines how much public transportation passes in Denver can improve equitable access to the city's highest-quality K-12 schools.

05/2017
A Guide to Unifying Enrollment: The What, Why, and How for Those Considering It

This guide helps city education leaders understand the benefits and costs of a fully unified enrollment system and outlines the questions they should ask before initiating changes.

12/2016
Unifying Enrollment in Camden: How Families Experienced the New Enrollment System

This study explores families’ experiences choosing and enrolling in schools using the new Camden Enrollment, and provides recommendations for improvements to the system.

11/2016
The SEA of the Future: Maximizing Opportunities Under ESSA

Edited by Ashley Jochim and Betheny Gross, the sixth and final volume of the SEA of the Future provides SEAs a new framework under ESSA for strategic planning and concrete tools for implementation.

Date: Mar 17 2016
Where: Denver Marriott City Center

Here's where to find CRPE experts at the 2016 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 41st Annual Conference.

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Date: Jun 21 2015
Where: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans

CRPE's Betheny Gross, Sarah Yatsko, and Sean Gill are participating in the National Charter Schools Conference. Here's what they'll be discussing:

Date: Jun 18 2015
Where: The Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans

CRPE's Robin Lake, Betheny Gross, and Paul Hill will be featured speakers at "The Urban Education Future?" - Lessons from New Orleans 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina conference, hosted by the Education

Date: May 18 2015
Where: Online

Join Betheny Gross, senior research analyst and research director at CRPE, for an Education Week webinar on helping parents navigate the school choice process.

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.

Jun 21 2017

Report suggests Denver and other cities should invest in the supply of high-quality schools in order to dramatically improve access for students most in need.

May 17 2017

CRPE research director Betheny Gross is quoted in this Hechinger Report article on the challenges of studying personalized learning.

Jan 25 2017

CRPE research director Betheny Gross is quoted in this Seventy-Four piece on common enrollment in Indianapolis.

Jan 3 2017

CRPE research director Betheny Gross is quoted in this Chalkbeat Indiana article on Indianapolis's new unified enrollment system.

Dec 15 2016

Education Next released their top 20 articles of 2016 and two CRPE pieces made the list: The Politics of the Common Core Assessments and Incomplete Reform in Baltimore.

Jun 21 2017

Betheny Gross offers a reality check on the limits of choice and the burden on children of hours spent in transit.

May 3 2017

Betheny Gross shares how some localities are creating system-level initiatives and networks to help educators remake their classrooms. This is the eighth installment in our series of "Notes From the Field."

Apr 26 2017

Betheny Gross and Michael DeArmond urge educators to seek out systematic evidence on digital tool effectiveness. This is the seventh installment in our series of "Notes From the Field."

Apr 12 2017

Betheny Gross says that for personalized learning programs to be successful, schools must first understand why they are implementing it. This is the fifth installment in our series of "Notes From the Field" on personalized learning.

Sep 29 2016

Betheny Gross argues that a new data tool misses the mark in how it defines public school systems.

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