Publications

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.


Why the Gap? Special Education and New York City Charter Schools
September, 2013
Marcus Winters

This study uses NYC data to analyze the factors driving the gap in special education enrollment between charter and traditional public schools.


HR with a Purpose: Building Talent for Distinct Schools and Networks
September, 2013
Betheny Gross, Michael DeArmond

Prepared for the American Enterprise Institute Conference, “Teacher Quality 2.0: Will today’s reforms hold back tomorrow’s schools?”


Assessing the Outcomes of Charter School Students with Special Needs: Research Design Brief
August, 2013
Patrick Denice, Robin Lake, Betheny Gross

This brief outlines challenges of producing rigorous and useful research on how students with special needs fare in charters and makes recommendations for designing studies needed to inform policy and practice.


Defining and Organizing for School Autonomy
July, 2013
Paul Hill

This brief explains how portfolio districts define and implement autonomies for schools.


Improving Student Opportunities and Outcomes in Hartford Public Schools
June, 2013
Christine Campbell, Betheny Gross

This analysis of Hartford Public Schools seeks to show whether opportunities to attend quality schools and student outcomes have improved as the district implemented the portfolio strategy.


District-Charter Collaboration Compact: Interim Report
June, 2013
Sarah Yatsko, Elizabeth Cooley Nelson, Robin Lake

This interim report details the first two years of district-charter collaboration in 16 Compact cities, including lessons learned and potential opportunities and challenges ahead.


Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2012
May, 2013
Robin Lake

This year's edition focuses on growth and innovation and pushes charter school leaders to consider whether they are fully using their flexibility and autonomy on behalf of students.


The SEA of the Future: Leveraging Performance Management to Support School Improvement
May, 2013
Betheny Gross, Ashley Jochim, Paul Hill, Patrick J. Murphy, Sam Redding

This edited volume explores how state education agencies (SEAs) can leverage performance management tools to provide strong support for school improvement.


Common Core: Will Charter Schools Lead or Lag?
March, 2013
Robin Lake, Tricia Maas

This paper was prepared for the American Enterprise Institute's "Common Core Meets the Reform Agenda" Conference.


A reform at risk? The political realities of the Common Core
March, 2013
Ashley Jochim

This paper was prepared for the American Enterprise Institute's "Common Core Meets the Reform Agenda" Conference.

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