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.

07/2016
The State Role in K–12 Education: From Issuing Mandates to Experimentation

Betheny Gross and Paul Hill discuss the challenges and opportunities for state-level experimentation created by the Every Student Succeeds Act, in the Harvard Law and Policy Review

06/2016
Grappling With Discipline in Autonomous Schools: New Approaches From D.C. and New Orleans

This report profiles leading efforts by two cities to bring consistency and fairness to discipline practices in both district and charter schools.

04/2016
Financing Personalized Learning: What Can We Learn From First-Generation Adopters?

This paper takes the first systematic look at costs associated with implementing personalized learning schools, how leaders of these schools choose to allocate their funds, and what it might take to make...

11/2015
The SEA of the Future: Building Agency Capacity for Evidence-Based Policymaking

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, this fifth volume of the SEA of the Future explore how state education agencies can bolster their ability to use research and data to drive key spending, policy, and program...

10/2015
Measuring Up: Educational Improvement and Opportunity in 50 Cities

A groundbreaking new report that measures the health of school systems through a citywide lens.

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 16 2016

Seattle, WA – There’s ample incendiary debate over student discipline these days, with plenty of finger pointing aimed at “no excuses” charter schools that suspend or expel students at very high rates.

Apr 20 2016

Education Week's Market Brief interviewed Betheny Gross about CRPE's report, Financing Personalized Learning: What Can We Learn From First Generation Adopters?

Feb 16 2016

Betheny Gross discusses common enrollment and the challenges of getting parental buy-in, in this Education Week article.

Jan 25 2016

Betheny Gross is quoted in this Boston Globe article about Boston's attempts to launch a unified enrollment system.

Oct 7 2015

Some bright spots, possible lessons amid flat performance and staggering inequities in 50 cities.

Dec 3 2015

As Congress reauthorizes ESEA, states will play a paramount role in education. Drawing on lessons from the new volume of The SEA of the Future, Ashley Jochim and Betheny Gross offer suggestions on how SEAs could strategically develop evidence-based education policy.

Nov 10 2015

Betheny Gross profiles Los Angeles Unified School District's suspension reform efforts and its recent drop in overall suspension rates.

Sep 9 2015

Sarah Yatsko takes issue with recent talking points about school discipline, and offers evidence to inform a better conversation.

Aug 5 2015

Betheny Gross explains how the New Orleans common enrollment system is evolving and improving.

Jun 2 2015

Ashley Jochim and Betheny Gross suggest four ways that states can best support rural schools and districts.

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