Sivan Tuchman

Sivan Tuchman is a research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where she studies how educators and families experience the implementation of innovative policies and programs in K–12 schools and the systems that support them. Sivan also focuses on quantitative policy analysis, particularly in regard to expanding the use of quantitative measures to study diverse learners. Prior to joining CRPE, Sivan completed her PhD in education policy at the University of Arkansas where focused her research on policies affecting students with disabilities and school choice. Her work spans school choice policies (private schools, charters, virtual schooling, and homeschooling), as well as outcomes for students in special education (academic achievement, identification changes, school discipline, and satisfaction). Sivan also spent eight years teaching special education in private, charter, and traditional public schools, as well as coaching general education teachers in supporting students with disabilities in inclusive settings. Sivan holds an PhD in Education Policy from the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform, a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a California Educational Specialist credential in mild/moderate disabilities.

What Does It Take to Educate Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities in General Education Settings? Lessons from Washington’s Public Charter Schools

This report includes in-depth case studies of five Washington State charter schools to understand their strategies for full inclusion...

Finding a Great Fit: Improving the School Choice Process for Students with Disabilities

Two briefs provide a summary of the special education landscape in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and offer recommendations for further steps that might be taken to strengthen the cities’ support...

Seizing the Opportunity: Educating Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

This report is the first step in developing an evidence base about how charter schools meet the needs of unique learners, how they can improve in this work, and what aspects of chartering as a governance model support...

California Charter Schools: Costs, Benefits, and Impact on School Districts

Three new briefs assess the impact of California charter schools on school districts.

Access to Out-of-School Resources in Denver

This working paper analyzes data from ReSchool Colorado’s “Blueprint4SummerCO” platform to understand  supply and demand of summer programs Denver.

Jul 29 2018

Sivan Tuchman is interviewed by The Seattle Times about CRPE's 2018 report Are Washington Charter Public Schools Serving Students with Disabilities?

Aug 6 2017

Robin Lake and Sivan Tuchman write in The 74 that disability rights advocates are mistargeting their concerns by fighting school choice.

Jun 16 2016

Seattle, WA – There’s ample incendiary debate over student discipline these days, with plenty of finger pointing aimed at “no excuses” charter schools that suspend or expel students at very high rates.

Nov 13 2018

Sivan Tuchman and Travis Pillow share findings from a new analysis of student access to out-of-school learning opportunities in Denver.

Aug 23 2018

In our recent special education study, we found that Washington state’s charter schools are serving students with disabilities at a higher rate than the national charter

Mar 13 2018

Sivan Tuchman and Robin Lake explore differing special-education graduation rates in two states and call on education leaders to do more to prepare students with disabilities for college and life.

Jan 16 2018

Sivan Tuchman urges the school choice community to use language that fosters common ground.

Aug 8 2017

Focus on policies that help families choose the right school for their children’s unique needs, write Robin Lake and Sivan Tuchman.