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 BA in Political Science and Psychology and an MA and PhD in Political Science, all from the University of Washington.

How Parents Experience Public School Choice

A survey of 4,000 parents in eight "high-choice" cities finds parents are taking advantage of choice, but they want more good options.

Making School Choice Work

This report examines the experience of parents in cities with multiple public school options to answer the question, how can civic leaders create a choice system that works for all families?

The SEA of the Future: Building the Productivity Infrastructure

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, the essays in this third volume of the SEA of the Future describe a "productivity infrastructure" intended to provide a foundation for the work of SEAs.

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

This study explores the primary obstacles that inhibit state education agencies from better supporting school and district improvement.

The SEA of the Future: Prioritizing Productivity

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, this volume begins a conversation with state education leaders about productivity.

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.

Jan 20 2015

CRPE's report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice, is featured and Betheny Gross quoted in this Education Week article on the challenges of expanding school choice.

Jan 20 2015

CRPE's report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice, is cited in this Education Week article about school transportation in Louisiana.

Dec 28 2014

CRPE's new report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice, is featured in this New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial.

Dec 28 2014

Michael DeArmond is interviewed about CRPE's new report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice in this Salt Lake City Deseret News article.

Dec 24 2014

CRPE's new report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice, is featured in this New Orleans article.

Nov 13 2014

Robin Lake discusses the current failures of Detroit's public school system, and why she's optimistic for its renewal.

Jun 17 2014

Jochim and Gross argue that, while the Feds should take a hard look at the rules and regulations they put on SEAs' use of funds, the efforts of entrepreneurial states suggest that SEAs should seize the flexibility they already have.

May 7 2014

Transforming the school district requires a transition strategy that protects kids who remain in district-run schools, writes Paul Hill.

Apr 24 2014

Ashley Jochim takes a critical look at a new proposal to shrink state education agencies.

Apr 3 2014

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

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