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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State Accountability Systems in the COVID Era and Beyond
February, 2021
Robin Lake, Maria Worthen

This brief presents a set of ideas and themes to begin to inform challenges around testing and accountability during the pandemic.

Toward Understanding Unionization's Impact on Charter School Students
February, 2021
Lesley Lavery, Sean Gill, Ashley Jochim

In this brief, we set out to understand how unionization may or may not shape practices central to charter schools’ ability to serve students.

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.

Student Supports, Professional Development, Operations and Finance at Proyecto Vimenti
January, 2021
Robin Lake, Silene Vargas Díaz

Three papers document lessons about finance and operations, professional development, and student support from the first year and a half of Proyecto Vimenti, Puerto Rico's first public charter school.

How Can Learning Management Systems be Used Effectively to Improve Student Engagement?
January, 2021
Lynn Olson

This paper summarizes findings from a consensus panel on using data from learning management systems and software to help educators understand and improve student engagement during remote instruction.

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.

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.

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.