Ashley Jochim

Ashley Jochim

Research Analyst

Ashley Jochim is a Research Analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Her research focuses on the design and implementation of governance reform in education, including performance management, school choice, and standards-based policy initiatives. Dr. Jochim has published reports on state education agencies and district governance. She is a co-author (with CRPE founder Paul Hill) of an upcoming book that suggests who governs public education is much less important that what powers they have. Her work can be found in the Policy Studies Journal, Politics and Governance, and Political Research Quarterly, as well as numerous edited volumes, including the Handbook of School Choice and the Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy. In 2012, she was selected as one of a dozen Emerging Education Policy Scholars interested in narrowing the gap between research and policy. She is a regular contributor to national political science and public policy conferences. Prior to working at CRPE, she was a Graduate Fellow at the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at the University of Washington as well as a Research Analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights. Dr. Jochim holds a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology and a Ph.D. in Political Science, all from the University of Washington.

The Capacity Challenge: What It Takes for State Education Agencies to Support School Improvement

The push to raise standards and increase student outcomes has placed state education agencies (SEAs) at the center of efforts to improve the performance of the nation’s lowest-performing...

The SEA of the Future: Prioritizing Productivity

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, the four essays in this volume begin a conversation with state education leaders about making the most of every dollar they have.


The SEA of the Future: Leveraging Performance Management to Support School Improvement

This volume explores how state education agencies (SEAs), in a time of constrained resources, can leverage performance management tools to provide strong support for school improvement.

Essays by...

A reform at risk? The political realities of the Common Core

This paper was prepared for the AEI "Common Core Meets the Reform Agenda" Conference, March 25, 2013.

The Common Core State Standards initiative represents not only an unprecedented collaboration between the National Governors Association (NGA), the...

Portfolio Strategies, Relinquishment, The Urban School System of the Future, and Smart Districts

This brief outlines how new K-12 public education governance proposals--relinquishment, smart districts, and the urban school system of the future--are complements, not alternatives, to...

Date: Apr 3 2014
Where: Philadelphia, PA

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas—from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy.

Date: Mar 13 2014
Where: San Antonio, TX

Several CRPE researchers are presenting work at the 2014 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Spring Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas, March 13-15.

Date: Nov 25 2013
Where: Online

CRPE Research Analyst Ashely Jochim joins other prominent scholars, policy analysts, and practitioners to offer insight into what happens when rubber meets the road and the Common Core standards are implemented in schools nationwide.

Dec 19 2013

CRPE's report, "The Capacity Challenge: What It Takes for State Education Agencies to Support School Improvement,"is the subject of this Education Week article.

Dec 17 2013

A new CRPE study finds that to transform their organizations from compliance monitors into more effective drivers of reform, state education agencies need to focus on leveraging the authority and funding they have to support school improvement.

May 24 2013

The Building State Capacity and Productivity Center's new report is the first in a series intended to help state education agencies use performance management to support school improvement.

Apr 3 2014

Ashley Jochim explores the book's still timely political lessons on implementing and sustaining urban school reforms.

Feb 13 2014

Paul Hill shares some new ideas on how states can do more to promote effective schools.

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