Ashley Jochim

Twitter: @aejochim

Ashley Jochim is a principal 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.

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...

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.

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.

Sep 21 2020

Ashley Jochim is quoted in the Seattle Times on states' guidance for school districts amid COVID-19.

Sep 14 2020

Education Week covers CRPE's analysis of state health guidance for school districts amid the pandemic.

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.

Apr 1 2021

A year into the pandemic, what are New England students’ prospects for successfully navigating life after high school?

Feb 17 2021

District and school leaders can no longer presume parents’ trust in schools, or forget that it must be constantly renewed during and after the pandemic.

Feb 11 2021

Community-based organizations and adults beyond the teacher are playing an increased role supporting students and their families through the pandemic, but there is room for more learning pods to take advantage of their flexible nature to provide more well-rounded support.

Nov 19 2020

We are launching a national database that will catalogue and make sense of learning pod initiatives across the country, with an eye toward equity.

Jul 21 2020

CRPE and Public Impact are wrapping up our review of state reopening plans. If first impressions portend what’s to come, there are big reasons to be concerned.