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.

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: 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.

Oct 15 2018

Ashley Jochim, with Sarah Dahill-Brown, writes about the unique challenges for superintendents of rural school districts for the AASA School Administrator.

Jul 31 2018

Ashley Jochim is quoted by Chalkbeat about the influence superintendents have on school district reform.

Aug 23 2017

Ashley Jochim argues in Education Week that in education reform, building political support for a change is just as important as showing evidence that it will work.

Aug 21 2017

Ashley Jochim compares education policy to the cause-and-effect nature of astronomy in this commentary piece for Education Weekly.

May 17 2017

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

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.

Nov 10 2016

Successful turnaround strategies require a problem-solving approach that leverages evidence but isn’t blind to its limitations, cautions Ashley Jochim.