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.

Independent peer review is an integral part of all CRPE research projects. Peer reviews are conducted by research or policy professionals who are not members of the CRPE project team. Some externally published work, such as commissioned papers, books and book chapters, journal articles, and op eds, may be hosted on other sites, and some may require purchase or subscriptions to view.

U-Turn: Surge of COVID Cases Reverses Reopening Progress in America's School Districts
January, 2021
Betheny Gross, Alice Opalka, Padma Gundapaneni

Our December review of a statistically representative sample of 477 districts found 31 percent are operating in fully remote learning—a larger percentage than at any other point during the fall semester.

How Is School Enrollment in Washington State Shifting during COVID-19?
January, 2021
Sivan Tuchman, Georgia Heyward

This brief examines shifts in Washington State's public school enrollment after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Putting Families at the Center: The Role of Parent Advocacy Groups during COVID-19
December, 2020
Lynn Olson, Georgia Heyward

This brief profiles four parent advocacy groups that have been particularly effective in devising bold solutions during the pandemic crisis.

How States Can Better Prepare Students for Life After High School
December, 2020
Georgia Heyward

This report examines weaknesses states share in career and technical education and offers recommendations to improve career pathways for students.

Support Every Student: Lessons from Five Charter Schools on Effective Special Education During the Pandemic
November, 2020
Lanya McKittrick, Betheny Gross, Sivan Tuchman, Sean Gill

In-depth case studies of five charter schools reveal lessons learned on educating students with disabilities remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One Step Forward, One Step Back: Public Health Fears Keep America's School Districts on a Reopening Treadmill
November, 2020
Betheny Gross, Alice Opalka, Padma Gundapaneni

This brief gives an update on our nationally representative sample of school district reopening plans.

Lessons from Remote Learning in Six School Systems
October, 2020

This report looks more deeply into a small number of districts and charter management organizations (CMOs), hoping to understand why they took particular approaches to remote learning and how their experiences last spring affected their plans for the fall.

Ensuring All Students in Indiana Receive Their Fair Share of Funding
October, 2020
Ben Kleban, Lisa Chu

This report examines and offers recommendations to resolve Indiana's student funding inequities.

What Does It Take to Educate Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities in General Education Settings? Lessons from Washington’s Public Charter Schools
October, 2020
Georgia Heyward, Travis Pillow, Sivan Tuchman

This report includes in-depth case studies of five Washington State charter schools to understand their strategies for full inclusion of students with disabilities, and offers recommendations to school leaders and policymakers.

Promising Practices Emerge from Expert Peer Review of District Reopening Plans
September, 2020

CRPE and the Collaborative for Student Success convened experts in emergency planning, health and safety, parent and family advocacy, special education, and school district and state leadership to review school districts’ plans to educate students during the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief...