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.

Sustaining Improvement after State Takeovers: Lessons from New Orleans
April, 2019
Ashley Jochim, Travis Pillow

This report examines how New Orleans education officials have managed the return of nearly all of the city’s public schools to the control of the local elected school board for the first time since the state takeover of public schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

An Unlikely Bargain: Why Charter School Teachers Unionize and What Happens When They Do
March, 2019
Ashley Jochim, Lesley Lavery

This report examines national and local trends in charter unionization, describes the reasons charter school teachers unionize, and analyzes charter school bargaining agreements.

Thinking Forward: New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education
November, 2018

These essays rethink foundational aspects of the current education system and offer new ideas to shift the lens from schools to students. 

Mind the Gap: Will All Students Benefit From 21st Century Learning?
October, 2018
Tricia Maas, Ashley Jochim, Betheny Gross

CRPE researchers find inequities in current 21st century learning approaches and recommend strategies to deliver better learning opportunities for all students.

Leading Personalized Learning
September, 2018
Michael DeArmond, Tricia Maas

CRPE researchers analyze how school leaders can both encourage experimentation and support the formalization of innovative practice.

Access to Out-of-School Resources in Denver
September, 2018
Joseph A. Abbate, José Hernández, Sreekanth Krishnaiah, Karen Lavi, Kellie J. MacPhee, Andrew M. Taylor, Sivan Tuchman, Haowen Zheng

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

Are Washington Charter Public Schools Serving Students with Disabilities?
July, 2018
Sivan Tuchman, Christine Campbell, Georgia Heyward

This brief presents data on how special education students in Washington state are being served in charter public schools, using a national and local context.

What Do We Actually Know about the Four-Day School Week?
June, 2018
Georgia Heyward

This brief on the four-day school week answers common questions about its scope and trends and points out what is not yet known about the impacts on students and districts.

Personalized Learning at a Crossroads
June, 2018
Betheny Gross, Michael DeArmond

This report explores the early promise and challenges in personalized learning and calls for more system-level supports and strategies for innovation.


Addressing Persistently Underperforming Schools: Evidence and Common Challenges
May, 2018
Christine Campbell, Georgia Heyward, Ashley Jochim

This brief looks at five strategies city leaders use to improve underperforming schools and lists critical questions leaders should ask when choosing or assessing an improvement strategy.