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.

11/2018
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.

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.

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.

Apr 24 2019

Ashley Jochim writes on unionization in charter schools for The Detroit News.

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 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.