Ashley Jochim

Ashley Jochim

Senior Research Analyst

Twitter: @aejochim

Ashley Jochim is a senior research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Her research focuses on policy analysis and implementation, including work on state education agencies, K-12 accountability, Common Core standards, school choice, and district reform efforts. A political scientist by training, Ashley is an expert on education governance and the politics of education policy. She is a co-author (with Paul Hill) of a recent book (University of Chicago Press, 2014) that suggests who governs public education is much less important than what powers they have. Her academic research can be found in the Policy Studies Journal, Publius, 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. 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. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology and a PhD in political science, both from the University of Washington.

10/2018
Mind the Gap: Will All Students Benefit From 21st Century Learning?

CRPE researchers find inequities in current 21st century learning approaches and recommend strategies to deliver better learning opportunities for all students.

05/2018
Addressing Persistently Underperforming Schools: Evidence and Common Challenges

This brief looks at five strategies city leaders use to improve underperforming schools and lists critical questions leaders should ask when choosing or assessing an improvement strategy.

01/2018
Collision Course: Embracing Politics to Succeed in District-Charter Collaboration

This report examines how politics shapes the work of district-charter collaboration and offers strategies for district and charter leaders to improve their chances of success.

01/2018
Unlocking Potential: How Political Skill Can Maximize Superintendent Effectiveness

This paper examines the characteristics of effective superintendents and offers guidance for current and aspiring district leaders as well as those offering superintendent training programs.

11/2017
For Portfolio Supporters, Skeptics, and Would-Be Adopters: Some Thoughts From CRPE

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

Date: Apr 3 2018

What does it take for school choice to “work”? How do existing tools fall short? What can be done to ensure that all families have access to quality school options? Like many cities across the nation, Washington, D.C., has looked to school choice as one way to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged students. School choice attempts to level the playing field between students of different backgrounds by making it possible for all families to have access to a city’s high-quality public schools—whether students live near these schools or not. But school choice requires families to make substantial investments of time and resources into the school choosing process, which can pose barriers to ensuring all families can access quality schooling options.

Date: Nov 3 2016
Where: Washington, D.C.

Research analyst Ashley Jochim will present work on state takeovers on November 3, 2016 at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Conference.

Date: Mar 26 2015
Where: Progressive Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

Join CRPE's Paul T. HIll and Ashley E. Jochim as they discuss their new book, A Democratic Constitution for Public Education.

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.

May 17 2017

CRPE research analyst Ashley Jochim is quoted in this Chalkbeat Tennessee article on school turnaround.

Mar 15 2017

New analysis finds that state chiefs need to use their powers strategically, to build coalitions and lead others to act urgently to improve outcomes for students.

Feb 9 2017

CRPE founder Paul Hill and research analyst Ashley Jochim offer recommendations for Detroit's new locally-elected school board in this op-ed, published in The Detroit News.

 

Feb 7 2017

CRPE research analyst Ashley Jochim is quoted in this Philadelphia WHYY piece on education secretary Betsy DeVos.

Jan 30 2017

CRPE research analyst Ashley Jochim is quoted in this Detroit Free Press piece on school turnarounds.

Aug 26 2017

In Education Week, guest blogger Ashley Jochim explains how politics can encourage individual buy-in and help policyholders solve public problems over the long term.

Aug 24 2017

In Education Week, guest blogger Ashley Jochim argues that education reformers need to act strategically to build strong coalitions and increase political support.

Aug 22 2017

In Education Week, guest blogger Ashley Jochim describes how the effective use of soft power can be used to motivate people to work for education reform.

Mar 15 2017

Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim discuss ideas from their new paper, The Power of Persuasion: A Model of Effective Political Leadership by State Chiefs.

Nov 22 2016

Ashley Jochim and Paul Hill discuss how school chiefs can look for new opportunities under ESSA to effectively use both “hard” and “soft” powers.

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