Publications

Our studies span governance, systems, and practice in public education. Through our reports we help make sense of complex trends and data, communicate new possibilities for system change, and provide guidance and thought leadership to support that change. We pride ourselves on our ability to see around the corner, reach across traditional party and sector lines, and craft solutions to problems few have anticipated. Explore our most recent publications below.

Independent peer review is an integral part of all CRPE research projects. Peer reviews are conducted by research or policy professionals who are not members of the CRPE project team. Some externally published work, such as commissioned papers, books and book chapters, journal articles, and op eds, may be hosted on other sites, and some may require purchase or subscriptions to view.


Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?
November, 2017
Christine Campbell, Georgia Heyward, Betheny Gross, Robin Lake

This analysis examines 18 cities offering public school choice to determine whether 1) their education systems are continuously improving, 2) all their students have equitable access to high-quality schools, and 3) their strategies are rooted in the community.


For Portfolio Supporters, Skeptics, and Would-Be Adopters: Some Thoughts From CRPE
November, 2017
Robin Lake, Ashley Jochim

This paper provides an honest assessment of the portfolio strategy’s strengths, weaknesses, and necessary evolution.


Partnership Schools: New Governance Models for Creating Quality School Options in Districts
October, 2017
Sean Gill, Christine Campbell

This brief examines a promising new “third way” approach to school improvement and provides guidance for district and charter leaders and policymakers considering partnership schools.


A User’s Guide to the Four-Day School Week: How to Assess District Readiness and Evaluate the Results
October, 2017
Georgia Heyward

This guide will help district and community leaders understand the benefits and risks of adopting a shorter school week.


Making School Choice Work for Families: DC School Reform Now’s High Quality Schools Campaign
October, 2017
Ashley Jochim, Betheny Gross, Colleen McCann

This brief, the first in a multiyear series examining DC School Reform Now’s innovative High Quality Schools Campaign, offers lessons for district and city leaders who want school choice to work for all families.


Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment
September, 2017

CRPE’s report urges districts, charters, and states to work together in new ways to address the financial challenges associated with declining district enrollment.


Are City Schools Becoming Monolithic? Analyzing the Diversity of Options in Denver, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C.
August, 2017
Betheny Gross, Colleen McCann, Shannon Murtagh, Christine Campbell

CRPE researchers discover distinct school differences in three cities and offer innovative, evidence-based solutions to help urban U.S. districts increase options so that families can find the right fit for their child.


Can Public Transportation Improve Students’ Access to Denver’s Best Schools of Choice?
June, 2017
Betheny Gross, Patrick Denice

This study examines how much public transportation passes in Denver can improve equitable access to the city's highest-quality K-12 schools.


A Guide to Unifying Enrollment: The What, Why, and How for Those Considering It
May, 2017
Betheny Gross, Christine Campbell

This guide helps city education leaders understand the benefits and costs of a fully unified enrollment system and outlines the questions they should ask before initiating changes.


How States Can Promote Local Innovation, Options, and Problem-Solving in Public Education
April, 2017
Jordan Posamentier, Robin Lake, Paul Hill

State policy should encourage and empower school district innovation and improvement strategies.

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