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.

05/2015
Common Enrollment, Parents, and School Choice: Early Evidence from Denver and New Orleans

This report examines the implementation and early results of common enrollment systems in Denver and New Orleans.

05/2015
The SEA of the Future: Uncovering the Productivity Promise of Rural Education

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, this fourth volume of the SEA of the Future details how rural schools and districts are innovative in how they deliver services, recruit teachers, use technology, and serve special...

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.

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.

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.

Jun 22 2015

Betheny Gross outlines how common enrollment could help Detroit families navigate the city's complex school choice system, in this op-ed originally published in The Detroit News.

Jun 4 2015

CRPE's report on common enrollment systems in Denver and New Orleans is mentioned in this Detroit News editorial piece.

May 18 2015

Education Week reporter Andrew Ujifusa reviews the fourth volume of "The SEA of the Future," which focuses on rural education.

May 12 2015

CRPE's new report on common enrollment in Denver and New Orleans is featured in this Education Week article.

May 12 2015

Report details lessons from Denver and New Orleans

Jun 2 2015

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

May 14 2015

Common enrollment more fairly and effectively distributes the available supply of schools, writes Betheny Gross. It also highlights the need for more high-quality schools to go around.

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.

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