Ashley Jochim

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.

11/2019
After Decades of Financial Challenge, How Can Oakland Reorient Itself?

In this brief, we explore evidence related to the causes of OUSD’s financial crisis and why previous efforts to right the ship have failed.

08/2019
Lessons from the Trenches: Sustaining Improvements after State Takeover

This report provides key lessons for states seeking to make improvements in districts and schools navigating a transition to local control.

06/2019
Fulfilling the Promise of School Choice by Building More Effective Supports for Families

This report focuses on the work of DC School Reform Now. Since 2011, the organization has focused on making school choice work for families in Wards 7 and 8, two underserved areas of the nation's capital...

05/2019
California Charter Schools: Costs, Benefits, and Impact on School Districts

Three new briefs assess the impact of California charter schools on school districts.

04/2019
Sustaining Improvement after State Takeovers: Lessons from New Orleans

This report examines how New Orleans education officials have managed the return of nearly all of the city’s public schools to the control of the local elected school board for the first time since the state takeover of public...

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.

Oct 1 2019

Ashley Jochim and Paul Hill write that the authority to intervene in local districts remains an essential tool if states want to continue playing a meaningful role in improving local schools.

Sep 19 2019

In the Houston Chronicle, Ashley Jochim and Paul Hill write that while state takeovers may be falling out of fashion in some circles, their track record is more positive than critics claim and could make a difference for Houston schools.

May 15 2019

Robin Lake and Ashley Jochim write in response to an Oakland Unified School District report for EdSource.

Apr 25 2019

This Education Post commentary piece references the CRPE report An Unlikely Bargain: Why Charter School Teachers Unionize and What Happens When They Do.

Oct 23 2019

To achieve sustained success in influencing portfolio strategy implementation in the longer term, outsiders and insiders need each other.

Jun 28 2019

Our latest report looks at a navigator organization that helps level the playing field so all families can find quality schools that meet their needs.

Mar 27 2019

Teachers and administrators in unionized charter schools have an opportunity to show that unionization can benefit teachers and kids.

Mar 22 2019

Our research disrupts the usual us vs. them narrative, shedding light on where, why, and how often charter school teachers are forming unions.

Feb 5 2019

Offering lower-income families an allowance to customize out-of-school learning experiences could help close the enrichment gap.