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.

01/2015
A Democratic Constitution for Public Education

In their new book, Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim offer a brilliant, simple, and distinctly American vision for revamping governance of our public K-12 education system.

12/2014
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.

07/2014
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?

05/2014
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.

12/2013
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.

Date: Feb 26 2015
Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

Here's where to find CRPE experts at the 2015 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 40th Annual Research Conference in DC.

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.

Feb 22 2015

Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim's new book, A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, is reviewed in the Wall Street Journal.

Feb 4 2015

Fordham's Chester E. Finn, Jr. has high praise for A Democratic Constitution for Public Education.

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.

Jan 29 2015

As National School Choice Week comes to a close, Christine Campbell reflects on the Portfolio Network meeting in Memphis on school choice and the fact that school choice can mean different things to different people.

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.

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