LYRIA BOAST is the vice president for data analytics and a senior consulting manager at Public Impact and serves on the firmwide strategy team. Ms. Boast leads Public Impact’s work evaluating educational quality metrics at the school, district and state levels and developing accountability systems to monitor school performance. She manages a range of survey projects that focus on teacher perceptions and school climate, and oversees data collection efforts to catalog charter school closure actions and develop a national database of authorizers and their schools. She also leads the development of and ongoing updates to the data dashboard illustrating Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture work in schools across the U.S. She has also contributed to projects on extending the reach of excellent teachers, school finance, and evaluating school turnarounds. Ms. Boast holds a B.A. in English and economics from Wellesley College. She has been a research assistant in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a research analyst at Abt Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Why I Do This Work: “It is a privilege to work with such a talented group of professionals committed to improving educational opportunities.”
Example projects: Ms. Boast leads Public Impact’s engagements with charter school authorizers to develop and test accountability indicators. Ms. Boast contributed to the National Association of Charter School Authorizer’s Core Performance Framework and Guidance and has worked directly with authorizers in over 14 states on performance monitoring and accountability. Charter school publications include: Authorizer Shopping: Lessons from Experience and Ideas for the Future; Quality School Ratings: Trends in Evaluating School Academic Quality; Searching for Excellence: A Five-City, Cross-State Comparison of Charter School Quality; and New Orleans-Style Education Reform: A Guide for Cities. She also led the development of the data dashboard illustrating Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture work in schools across the U.S.