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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Doing School Choice Right: Preliminary Findings
April, 2006
Paul Hill, James Harvey

This paper gives an advance report on the results of studies in the Doing School Choice Right project.

Legal and Policy Barriers to Redesigning California High Schools
April, 2006
Mitch Price

This report presents the results of an analysis of legal, regulatory, and policy barriers to high school redesign in California.

Put Learning First: A Portfolio Approach to Public Schools
February, 2006
Paul Hill

This paper details the portfolio management approach—a new vision for education reform that fosters innovation, adaptability, and performance.

Holding Charter Authorizers Accountable: Why It Is Important and How It Might Be Done
February, 2006
Robin Lake

Too many charter school authorizers aren't fulfilling their responsibilities in providing adequate oversight for charter schools. This white paper examines the causes and consequences of poor authorizing and proposes how the problem might be fixed.

The Future of Public Education in New Orleans
January, 2006
Paul Hill, Jane Hannaway

This essay is part of a collection of essays published by The Urban Institute that assess the challenges facing New Orleans and recommend tested models for making the city's social infrastructure stronger and more equitable than it was before Katrina.

When Learning Counts: Rethinking Licenses for School Leaders
December, 2005
Jacob E. Adams, Jr., Michael A. Copland

This report examines licensure content for principals to address whether the licenses that states require encompass the knowledge and skills principals need and how decisionmakers might rethink licenses.

A Foundation Goes to School
December, 2005
Paul Hill

This Education Next commentary summarizes how The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation became interested in high school reform.

What NAEP Can't Tell Us About Charter School Effectiveness
December, 2005
Jon Christensen, Lawrence Angel

This article from Education Week argues that claims about the effectiveness of charter schools compared to traditional public schools that are drawn from NAEP data are generally overstated due to limitations of the dataset.

Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2005
November, 2005
Robin Lake, Paul Hill

This debut edition of Hopes, Fears, & Reality provides new data on many aspects of charter schools in the United States and examines issues and controversies surrounding reform.

Re-Creating Public Education in New Orleans
September, 2005
Paul Hill

This Ed Week commentary calls for a coherent strategy for rebuilding public education in New Orleans post-Katrina.