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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Key Issues in Studying Charter Schools and Achievement: A Review and Suggestions for National Guidelines
May, 2006
Julian Betts, Paul Hill

This white paper from the Charter School Achievement Consensus Panel examines the existing research on student achievement in charter schools and details how future research could be improved.

Sticking with It: To What Extent and Why do Schools Sustain or Discontinue CSR Models?
May, 2006
Betheny Gross, Dan Goldhaber

This paper examines the issues surrounding decisions to discontinue the use of Comprehensive School Reform models by participating schools.

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.

Poor Parents Can Be Good Choosers
April, 2006
Paul Teske, Patrick Wolf, Paul Hill

This Education Week commentary by Paul Teske, Patrick Wolf, and Paul Hill discusses low-income parents and school choice.

Seeing Success: The Impact of Implementing Model Practices on Student Outcomes
April, 2006
Betheny Gross, Lydia Rainey, Dan Goldhaber

This working paper evaluates the effect of implementing one of three prominent Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) models on student achievement and discipline outcomes, using a matched sample of Florida model and non-model schools.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.