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. Dr. Gross oversees CRPE’s research initiatives, including analysis of personalized learning initiatives, portfolio management strategies, and charter schools. She is an authority on systemic strategies to help families to access school choice, including unified enrollment systems, information systems, and other efforts to support choosing. She has examined evidence and outcomes of district and state reforms across the country, and has advised and consulted with districts leaders to formulate strategy and implementation.

Dr. Gross is coauthor of Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies for Managing Urban Schools and the author of numerous research reports and articles. Her work has been published in several journals, including Harvard Law and Policy, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, American Education Research Journal, Journal of Education Finance, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Dr. Gross is on the editorial board of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and is a regular contributor to national education conferences.

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.

11/2017
Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?

This analysis examines 18 cities offering public school choice to determine whether 1) their education systems are continuously improving, 2) all their students have equitable access to high-quality schools, and 3) their strategies...

10/2017
Making School Choice Work for Families: DC School Reform Now’s High Quality Schools Campaign

This brief, the first in a multiyear series examining DC School Reform Now’s innovative High Quality Schools Campaign, offers lessons for district and city leaders who want school choice to work for all families.

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.

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.

Nov 14 2017

CRPE's new cross-city analysis examines the current state of public school choice in 18 American cities.

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.

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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