Background: Beth-Ann Tek is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners, focusing on issues related to evaluation and planning, research design, survey research, and data modeling. Beth provides technical assistance and capacity building support related to performance management and program evaluation and serves as the primary data analyst on Bellwether’s quasi-experimental studies. Currently, Beth is engaged in longitudinal quasi-experimental evaluations analyzing the impact of charter school expansion on student outcomes in several growing organizations across the southeastern United States.
In addition to her methodological expertise, Beth has a passion for and expertise in school improvement from a systems perspective. Specifically, she is interested in how levels of the education system (state, district, school, classroom) interact to bring about substantive change that supports student success.
Beth began her education career at the Education Alliance at Brown University evaluating federal comprehensive school reform (CSR) grants given to states to spur improvement initiatives at the school level. This work led to additional evaluation and capacity building work with districts and states across the eastern seaboard, including Maryland and Rhode Island, as well as for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). As a Research Manager at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, Beth evaluated the development and implementation of the New England Secondary Schools Consortium, a multi-state initiative to envision and support secondary school redesign funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. She also evaluated the work of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s MassGrad initiative. Funded by a Race to the Top grant, this work focused on increasing the graduation rate among the most at-risk students in the state.
In 2014, Beth completed her Ph.D. in Education. Her dissertation, which focused on the relationship between principal leadership, teacher job satisfaction, and student achievement, has been downloaded over 4,000 times. Her study found statistically significant relationships between effective school leadership, elevated levels of teacher job satisfaction, and increased student achievement in English Language Arts and Mathematics, regardless of at-risk factors and across school environments in the state of Massachusetts.
Outside of Bellwether, Beth serves as a member of the school improvement council at her daughter’s public elementary school and a board member for the Worcester County chapter of the national Girls on the Run program.
Experience at Bellwether: program evaluation, evaluation capacity building, organizational advising, survey research, quantitative analysis, quasi-experimental research design, performance metrics
Client segments served: state education agencies, districts, schools, foundations and grantees, charter management organizations, product and service organizations, higher education
Sample clients: RePublic Schools, InspireNOLA, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, CASA for Children of DC
Why I do this work: Access to quality education with high expectations for all students is the catalyst for change at the individual level as well as at the community and national level. As a first-generation college graduate, I can attest to the difference an education makes in life opportunities and outcomes. As a researcher and evaluator, my goal is to inform the field of what works for which students and under what conditions so that today’s students can realize tomorrow’s dreams.