Dr. Stephen Frank heads ERS research, methodology, and data analytics; and state practices. Over the past 15 years, he has led strategy development projects in school systems across the country, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Atlanta, Syracuse, Rochester, St. Paul, Aldine, TX; Prince George’s County, MD; and elsewhere. He is currently leading the Tulsa Public Schools team.
As head of ERS’ state practice, Stephen led a compensation reform project in Tennessee, supporting over 30 districts to make fundamental changes to the salary schedule. He also led a two-year Race to the Top-funded project with the Georgia Department of Education to help them refine a strategy for district support in the area of resource allocation, including ways to increase resource flexibilities for local education agencies. He also directed a similar RT3-funded multi-year project with the New York State Education Department and helped launch the Partnership for Strategic School Management, an ERS-sponsored partnership with the Data Quality Campaign and the Council of Chief State School Officers that aims to help state education agencies support and foster improved resource use within and across local education agencies.
Stephen has written and presented on a variety of education reform topics. His current passions and research interests include: special education, compensation reform, comparing the estimated learning impact of potential district actions, redesigning strategic planning processes for districts and states so that they actually achieve stated goals, and highlighting high-impact, but low-stakes uses of high-stakes testing data. He has advised on numerous reports and commissions related to resource allocation and efforts to measure cost efficiency of education spending.
Prior to coming to ERS, Stephen was a management consultant at Bain & Company. He has also taught education and public policy classes for institutions including the Broad Institute, New Leaders for New Schools, Brigham Young University, and Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. He is a recipient of the Jacob Javits, James B. Duke and Robert S. Fulbright Fellowships.
Outside of his work, Stephen spends time with his family, reads fantasy literature, plays guitar, competes in Texas Hold 'Em tournaments, and takes long walks and short jogs in his neighborhood in Murphy, Texas.
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