Our studies span governance, systems, and practice in public education. Through our reports we help make sense of complex trends and data, communicate new possibilities for system change, and provide guidance and thought leadership to support that change. We pride ourselves on our ability to see around the corner, reach across traditional party and sector lines, and craft solutions to problems few have anticipated. Explore our most recent publications below.

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School Districts Across the Nation Plan for An Uncertain Year Ahead
August, 2020
Betheny Gross, Alice Opalka

This brief gives a snapshot of how school districts across the country are currently planning for fall 2020.

Learning as We Go: Principles for Effective Assessment During the COVID-19 Pandemic
July, 2020
Robin Lake, Lynn Olson

This paper summarizes the findings from a panel of assessment experts on diagnostic assessments and their role in helping educators and parents support student learning. 

Navigating Out-of-School Learning and the Power of Relationships: Lessons from Year 2 at RESCHOOL Colorado
June, 2020
Betheny Gross, Michael DeArmond

This report describes the implementation of RESCHOOL Colorado's Learner Advocate Network between 2018 and 2019 and what it implies for expanding similar efforts elsewhere.

Too Many Schools Leave Learning to Chance During the Pandemic
June, 2020
Betheny Gross, Alice Opalka

This brief summarizes our findings from a review of COVID-19 response plans of 477 school districts across the country.

Navigating Choice: How High-Touch Supports Can Address Educational Inequity
June, 2020
Georgia Heyward, Betheny Gross, Ashley Jochim

This brief presents findings from a preliminary analysis of 10 organizations with school navigator services.

Blueprint4Summer Colorado: Mapping Denver’s Landscape for Summer Enrichment
May, 2020

This brief provides an assessment of lessons learned in the first two years of RESCHOOL Colorado’s initiatives to expand access to out-of-school learning opportunities for children in the Denver area.

Finding a Great Fit: Improving the School Choice Process for Students with Disabilities
March, 2020
Lanya McKittrick, Robin Lake, Sivan Tuchman, Travis Pillow, Roohi Sharma, Jon Valant, Matthew Larsen

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 structures for parents of children with disabilities.

After Decades of Financial Challenge, How Can Oakland Reorient Itself?
November, 2019
Sean Gill, Ashley Jochim, Robin Lake

In this brief, we explore evidence related to the causes of OUSD’s financial crisis and why previous efforts to right the ship have failed.

A Middle Way for States in the ESSA Era: Lessons from Texas
November, 2019
Alice Opalka, Ashley Jochim, Michael DeArmond

The report examines the Texas Education Agency’s System of Great Schools (SGS) initiative, which calls on districts to manage school performance in new ways, expands access to school choice options, and takes a dynamic approach to managing their supply of schools.

Seizing the Opportunity: Educating Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools
October, 2019
Michael DeArmond, Sean Gill, Betheny Gross, Georgia Heyward, Robin Lake, Lanya McKittrick, Alice Opalka, Travis Pillow, Roohi Sharma, Sivan Tuchman, Lauren Morando Rhim, Stephanie Lancet, Shaini Kothari

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 or impede their ability to do so.