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Associate Partner
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Alex Spurrier is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether in March 2019, Alex worked as a senior data scientist at the Kentucky Center for Statistics, conducting research and working with partners from early childhood, K-12, postsecondary, and workforce organizations to help them utilize longitudinal data for program improvement.

Previously, he served as a Harvard Strategic Data Project Fellow at the Kentucky Department of Education, where he led the creation and execution of the agency’s research agenda and developed tools using statistical software to improve the speed and accuracy of analysis projects. Before that, he conducted education policy research and analysis for TNTP and ConnCAN, covering school finance, charter schools, teacher evaluation, teacher compensation, and other issues. Alex got his start in education as a fifth-grade teacher and Teach For America corps member in Hartford, Connecticut.

Alex holds a master’s in public policy from Trinity College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bethel University.

Why I do this work: Every child deserves access to an excellent education. I was fortunate to have attended excellent public schools, but that’s not the case for millions of students across the country. I’ve dedicated my career to improving education policy so that more children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Experience at Bellwether: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; Data Collection and Analysis; Policy Research and Analysis; Writing; Research; Project Management; CMO/Charter School Operators; District Schools; Foundations; Think Tanks; Advocacy Organizations

Client segments served: CMO/Charter Schools; State Education Agencies; Foundations and Grantees; Nonprofit Organizations; Policy Organizations; Advocacy Groups

Sample clients: Arnold Ventures, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, PIE Network, SchoolSmartKC, Walton Family Foundation

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Alex Spurrier
Michelle Croft
Juliet Squire
Andrew J. Rotherham

The Parent Perception Barometer brings clarity and context to conversations about what parents think about K-12 education. From parents’ high-level perceptions about their kids’ schools to concerns about academic progress and mental health, multiple data sources provide insight into these trends. Some of the data highlight topics about which parent opinion is more divided. There is no substitute for directly engaging with parents and families to understand what educational opportunities and support they need, but this tool serves as a starting point for those working to better understand aggregated parents’ views on K-12 education, the broader landscape, and how both are evolving as the pandemic progresses.