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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Change The Rules
April, 2003
Paul Hill

This article looks at why we should devolve decisionmaking in schools. Hill recommends three changes in state laws to create a public education system in which families and teachers have options, schools have a good balance of accountability and freedom of action, and school boards have fewer...

A Matter of Definition: Is There Truly a Shortage of School Principals?
January, 2003
Marguerite Roza, Mary Beth Celio, James Harvey, Susan Wishon

This report finds that although some districts and areas are experiencing difficulties finding good school principals, there are far more candidates interested in assuming school leadership roles than there are principal vacancies to fill.

Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education
December, 2002
Paul Hill, Robin Lake, Mary Beth Celio

Aimed toward elected officials, school reform activists, and educators, this book is the result of the first national-scale study of charter school accountability.

Choice with Equity: An Assessment by the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education
December, 2002
Paul Hill

This Koret Task Force book, published by Hoover Institution Press, reviews the furious national debate over school choice, examining the benefits of choice for children, families, and schools-and showing how properly designed choice programs can prevent the harmful outcomes choice opponents fear...

Big City School Boards: Problems and Options
December, 2002
Paul Hill, Kelly Warner-King, Christine Campbell, Meaghan McElroy, Isabel Muñoz-Colón

This report summarizes the functions of school boards, identifies some of the problems with big city school boards, and suggests options for reorienting boards around the trusteeship of the children they serve.

Closing the Achievement Gap in Washington State: Holding Schools Accountable for Equity
November, 2002
Elise M. Huggins, Mary Beth Celio

Prepared for the Washington State Academic Achievement and Accountability Commission in 2002, this report attempts to take a fresh look at the data from the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) in order to provide practical information for both educators and policymakers.

Philanthropic Due Diligence: Exploratory Case Studies to Improve Investments in Urban Schools
August, 2002
Christine Campbell, James Harvey, Michael DeArmond

Many foundations have put funds into urban school reform. The paper suggests that foundation giving needs to be backed up by a clear theory of change and that foundation officials need to know whether the districts in which they plan to work or are already working match the foundation's...

The Future of School Facilities: Getting Ahead of the Curve
May, 2002
Michael DeArmond, Sara Taggart, Paul Hill

This paper looks at five trends in education and what they imply about the kinds of buildings and spaces districts will need for tomorrow's schools.

A New Look at Inequities in School Funding: A Presentation on the Resource Variations Within Districts
May, 2002
Marguerite Roza, Karen Hawley Miles

This paper presents the first results of a series of studies on within-district spending patterns. It provides an overview of some early analysis of variations in spending among schools within three districts.

The New Schools Handbook: Strategic Advice for Successful School Start-Up in Partnership With School District Officials, Staff and Community Members
May, 2002
Robin Lake, Abigail Schumwinger, Jeff Petty

This guide provides an overview of the school development process in three sections and includes an appendix of additional resources. It should be helpful for anyone starting a new school, whether it is a private school, a charter public school, or a district magnet school.