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Beth Gamse, Ph.D.

Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy Division

Beth Gamse, Ph.D. Beth Gamse, Ph.D.
Beth Gamse is one of Abt’s most gifted education researchers. Applying her broad research skills, Gamse designs and conducts studies ranging from random assignment to regression discontinuity to large‐scale descriptive survey‐based efforts to mixed quantitative and qualitative methods.

Gamse's ongoing and recent projects include an assessment of the use of volunteers to engage K-12 students in STEM subject for the National Science Foundation, two evaluations of expanded learning time initiatives for a leading non-profit organization, a study of a coaching intervention designed to increase college success for recent Boston, Massachusetts high school graduates for The Boston Foundation, and a study of schools relying upon AmeriCorps volunteers to improve school turnaround efforts for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Gamse has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.
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Areas of Expertise

  • K-12 Education Policy
  • Literacy Education
  • STEM Education
  • Higher and Graduate Education
  • Teacher Preparation
  • School Reform
  • Evaluation Design




Key Projects

  • Evaluation of the Citizen Schools Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Model, for Citizen Schools
  • Evaluation of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program, for the National Science Foundation
  • Evaluation of the Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Initiative, for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Reading First Impact Study, for the Institute of Education Sciences




Recent Honors/Awards

  • Appointed Member, Technical Working Group:  Researching College- and Career-Ready Standards to Improve Student Outcomes, 2013
  • 2010-2011: Appointed Commission Member, Massachusetts Legislature’s Special Commission on School District Collaboration and Regionalization
  • Appointed to American Educational Research Association, Relating Research to Practice Award Committee, (2013-2015) and Chair (2014-2015)




Selected Publications

  • Dennis J. Barr, Boulay, B., Selman, R. L., McCormick, R., Lowenstein, E., Gamse, B.C., Fine, M., and Leonard, M.B. (2015.)  A Randomized Controlled Trial of Professional Development for Interdisciplinary Civic Education: Impacts on Humanities Teachers and Their Students.  Teachers College Record. 117 (4) pp tbd. [http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17470.
  • Fountain, A.R., Gamse, B.C., and Velez, M. (2014). Year 3 Research Summary: Evaluation of Citizen Schools’ Expanded Learning Time Model. Interim Summary Report prepared for Citizen Schools. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.
  • Gamse, B.C., Espinosa, L.L., and Roy, R. (2013). Essential Competencies for Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in IGERT. Final and Summary Reports prepared for the National Science Foundation under contract GS-10F-0086K, Order No. NSFDACS06D1412. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.
  • Gamse, B. C., Checkoway, A., and Darrow, C. (2013).  Measuring Implementation in Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Schools. White paper prepared for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates. Posted at http://www.doe.mass.edu/research/reports/2013-05ELTimplementation.pdf.
  • Caven, M., Checkoway, A., and Gamse, B.C. (2013).  Issue Brief: Collaborative Planning in Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT).  Prepared for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.
  • Caven, M., Checkoway, A., Gamse, B.C., and Wu. S. (2013).  Issue Brief: Time Use in Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT).  Prepared for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education . Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.
  • Caven, M., Checkoway, A., Gamse, B.C., Wu. S., and Luck, R.  (2013). Issue Brief: Enrichment in Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT).  Prepared for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education . Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.
  • Reisner, E., Gamse, B., Russell, C., McCormick, R., Unlu, F., Turner, T., MacFarlane, J., Sahni, S., & Sanzone, J. (2012). Increasing Student Time for Learning: Final Report of the Evaluation of the Expanded Learning Time/New York City Pilot. Prepared for The After School Corporation by Policy Studies Associates and Abt Associates.
  • Checkoway, A., B., Gamse, B., Velez, M., Caven, M., de la Cruz, R., Donoghue, N., Kliorys, K., Linkow, T., Luck, R., Sahni, S., & Woodford, M. (2012). Evaluation of the Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Initiative: Year Five Final Report.  Prepared for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, under Contract CT-DOE-115100ABTASSOC000247.
  • Gamse, B., Boulay, B.A., Rulf Fountain, A., Unlu, F., Maree, K., McCall, T., and McCormick, R. (2011.) Reading First Implementation Study 2008–09 Final Report.  Prepared for U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, Policy and Program Studies Service. Washington, D.C.
  • Gamse, B.C., Jacob, R.T., Horst, M., Boulay, B., Unlu, F. (2008). Reading First Impact Study: Final Report (NCEE 2009-4038).  Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.