Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Education Policy and Leadership, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Public Policy and Management, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
M.A., Social Policy, University of Manchester, Manchester, England
B.A., Finance, John Carroll University
- Program Evaluation
- Issues in Education Policy
- Research Methods in Education
- Access to Postsecondary Education for Low-Income Students
- Teacher Quality, Teacher Pay, and Teacher Training
- School Discipline Practices and Disparities
- Impacts of Public Charter Schools
Publications and Media Placements
Selected Publications – Journal Articles
Swanson, E., Kopotic, K., Zamarro, G., Mills, J. N., Greene, J. P., & Ritter, G. W. (2021). An Evaluation of the Educational Impact of College Campus Visits: A Randomized Experiment. AERA Open, 7(1), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1177/2332858421989707
Ash, J., Swanson, E., & Ritter, G. (2021). A Promise Kept? The Impact of the El Dorado Promise Scholarship on Student Achievement. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 43(1), 83–107. https://doi.org/10.3102/0162373720970512
Anderson, K. P., & Ritter, G. W. (2020). Do School Discipline Policies Treat Students Fairly? Evidence From Arkansas. Educational Policy, 34(5), 707–734. https://doi.org/10.1177/0895904818802085
Anderson, K. P., Ritter, G. W., & Zamarro, G. (2019). Understanding a Vicious Cycle: Do Out-of-School Suspensions Impact Student Test Scores? Educational Researcher, 48(5), 251-262.
Ritter, G. W. (2018). Reviewing the Progress of School Discipline Reform. Peabody Journal of Education, 93(2), 133-138. https://doi.org/10.1080/0161956X.2018.1435034
Ritter, G.W., Jensen, N.C., Kisida, B., & Bowen, D.H. (2016). Urban School Choice and Integration: The Effect of Charter Schools in Little Rock. Education and Urban Society, 48(6), 535-555. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0013124514546219
Ritter, G. W. & Barnett, J. H. (2016). Learning on the Job: Teacher Evaluation Can Foster Real Growth. Phi Delta Kappan, 97(7), 48-52.
Ritter, G. W. & Ash, J. (2016). How the “Promise” of a College Scholarship Transformed the Culture in El Dorado Schools. Phi Delta Kappan, 97(5), 13-19.
Selected Publications – Books and Book Chapters
Ritter, G. W. & Swanson, E. (2020). The Effect of the El Dorado Promise Scholarship on Higher Education, K-12, and Community Outcomes. Improving Research-Based Knowledge of College Promise Programs (L. Perna and E. Smith, Eds.). Washington DC: American Educational Research Association.
Ritter, Gary W. & McKenzie, Sarah C. (2020). Making Progress: Education Reform in Arkansas, in K. Huffman, J. Parry, and C. Reese (Ed.) Readings in Arkansas Politics & Government. (2nd Edition). University of Arkansas Press.
Ritter, G. W., & Barnett, J.H. (2013). A Straightforward Guide to Teacher Merit Pay: Encouraging and Rewarding Schoolwide Improvement. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Ritter, G. W., Jensen, N.C., Kisida, B., & McGee, J. (2012). The Charges of Racial Segregation in Charter Schools are Overstated. In Margaret Haerens and Lynn Zott (Eds.), Charter Schools: Opposing Viewpoints. (pp. 186-196). Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press.