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.

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...

03/2019
An Unlikely Bargain: Why Charter School Teachers Unionize and What Happens When They Do

This report examines national and local trends in charter unionization, describes the reasons charter school teachers unionize, and analyzes charter school bargaining agreements.

11/2018
Educational Equality in the Future: Risks and Opportunity

With an eye to equity, this essay examines the implications of a more customized, agile system for disadvantaged students.

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.

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.

Mar 22 2019

Education Week's Arianna Prothero reports on CRPE's study An Unlikely Bargain: Why Charter School Teachers Unionize and What Happens When They Do.

Mar 22 2019

Ashley Jochim and Lesley Lavery write in The 74 about the divide between teacher unions and charter schools.

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.

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.

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.