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.

Building More Effective Community Schools: A Guide to Key Ideas, Effective Approaches, and Technical Assistance Resources for Making Connections Cities and Site Teams
December, 2001
Paul Hill, Christine Campbell

This report, prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, describes why community schools are important, addresses the initial questions and concerns in creating community schools, explains promising approaches, and concludes with a list of resources to help organizations build more effective...

Building "Social Capital" Through Advocacy, Alliances & Forums
December, 2001
Paul Hill

In this essay for the Public Education Network, Paul Hill discusses the role local education funds can play in building social capital in schools

Making Standards Meaningful: High School Reform Efforts in Washington State
October, 2001
Sara Taggart, Mary Beth Celio

This report marks the third year of CRPE's exploration into the way fast-improving schools in Washington State work, with a focus on high schools. The other reports in the series are: Making Standards Work (1999) and Making Standards Stick (2000).

Washington State Elementary Schools on the Slow Track Under Standards-Based Reform
October, 2001
Maria McCarthy, Mary Beth Celio

This study examines the experiences of fifteen elementary schools in Washington State demonstrating relatively slow improvement on the reading and math sections of the WASL.

Charter School Districts
May, 2001
Paul Hill

This article explores the concept of charter districts—school districts composed entirely of charter and contract schools.

A Conspiracy of Silence
February, 2001
Paul Hill

In this commentary, published by the Hoover Institution, Paul Hill writes that the key to reversing the inequitable distribution of teachers in big cities is to give real-dollar budgets to all schools and charge schools the real cost of the teachers they employ.

Are Charter Schools Getting More Money into the Classroom? A Micro-Financial Analysis of First Year Charter Schools in Massachusetts
October, 2000
Paul Herdman, Marc Dean Millot

This report examines the first-year finances of Massachusetts charter schools.

Helping Hands: Cities Need Capacity for Education Reform
July, 2000
Paul Hill

This commentary by Paul Hill, published by Brookings, suggests that failed school systems need to create hybrid reform strategies drawn from the strong parts of various reform proposals, rather than relying on "name brand" reforms.

New Hope for Public Schools
July, 2000
Paul Hill

This essay written for the Hoover Institution looks at new trends in education initiatives undertaken by private corporations and individuals.

How States Can Hold Schools Accountable: The Strong Schools Model of Standards-Based Reform
June, 2000
Sarah R. Brooks

This paper is the result of a review of efforts across the country, and specifically in five states, to introduce performance accountability into education reform strategies.