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.

11/2016
Measures of Last Resort: Assessing Strategies for State-Initiated Turnarounds

This paper provides the first comprehensive review of the research to date on state interventions, assessing the advantages and limits of five common turnaround approaches and outlining key ingredients for success.

11/2016
The SEA of the Future: Maximizing Opportunities Under ESSA

Edited by Ashley Jochim and Betheny Gross, the sixth and final volume of the SEA of the Future provides SEAs a new framework under ESSA for strategic planning and concrete tools for implementation.

07/2016
The Politics of the Common Core Assessments

CRPE research analyst Ashley Jochim and Drew University associate professor Patrick McGuinn explore why states are abandoning the assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards.

06/2016
Incomplete Reform in Baltimore

Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim look at why Baltimore's promising education reforms stalled out and how it can regain momentum.

11/2015
The SEA of the Future: Building Agency Capacity for Evidence-Based Policymaking

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, this fifth volume of the SEA of the Future explores how state education agencies can bolster their ability to use research and data to drive key spending, policy, and program...

Mar 24 2016

In this Southern California Public Radio interview, Ashley Jochim discusses the trade-offs families make when it comes to choosing schools.

Jan 11 2016

This Christian Science Monitor article cites Fixing Detroit's Broken School System, a guest article written by CRPE researchers for Education Next.

Oct 7 2015

Some bright spots, possible lessons amid flat performance and staggering inequities in 50 cities.

Sep 12 2015

Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim offer an alternative after the Washington Supreme Court charter school decision in this op-ed in the Tacoma News Tribune.

Jun 24 2015

Ashley Jochim is quoted in this article in The Daily Beast

Apr 25 2016

Robin Lake and Ashley Jochim discuss the risks and benefits of a proposal to transition New Orleans schools back to local control.

Mar 8 2016

Ashley Jochim urges Louisiana and other states facing budget shortfalls to partner with their SEAs to reassess K-12 education investments.

Mar 3 2016

Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim show how modifying the role of local school boards can allow New Orleans to restore local control while building on academic gains made over the past 10 years.

Dec 3 2015

As Congress reauthorizes ESEA, states will play a paramount role in education. Drawing on lessons from the new volume of The SEA of the Future, Ashley Jochim and Betheny Gross offer suggestions on how SEAs could strategically develop evidence-based education policy.

Nov 19 2015

Paul Hill offers examples of how to sustain education reform for the long run amid political opposition.