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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BRIEF - Lessons on Assessing the Costs of Small High Schools: Evidence from Seattle and Denver
March, 2005
Marguerite Roza, Claudine Swartz, Larry Miller

This brief examines small high school costs in Denver and Seattle, analyzing each layer of district expenditures in order to get a better look at the price tag for small schools in comparison to others.

Many a Slip 'Tween Cup and Lip: District Fiscal Practices and Their Effect on School Spending
February, 2005
Marguerite Roza

This paper, prepared for The Aspen Institute Congressional Program, February, 2005 explores the causes of school level spending variations.

The Back Office: A Neglected Side of Teacher Quality
February, 2005
Michael DeArmond, Dan Goldhaber

This commentary from Education Week argues for more research on the role of district human-resources departments in bringing high quality teachers into the profession.

Buried Treasure: Developing a Management Guide From Mountains of School Data
January, 2005
Mary Beth Celio, James Harvey

This report provides a practical discussion of what is required to develop a school district management guide, along with an actual guide built on evidence-based indicators.

School Districts Choosing to Charter
November, 2004
Robin Lake

This brief, published by NACSA, explores the reasons urban, suburban, and rural districts alike have embraced charter schools as an integral part of their overall strategy for school improvement, and offers suggestions for districts interested in pursuing the charter option.

Charter Schools in Washington State: A Financial Drain or Gain?
October, 2004
Amy Berk Anderson

This working paper examines the potential fiscal impact of charter schools in Washington State, at both the state and local levels.

Making School Reform Work: New Partnerships for Real Change
October, 2004
Paul Hill, James Harvey

Edited by James Harvey and Paul T. Hill, this book identifies roles for foundations and civic groups in defining strategies for big-city school reform, and ensuring that promised changes are implemented. This is the third and final book in a series on big city school reform initiated by the...

A Cost Allocation Model for Shared District Resources: A Means for Comparing Spending Across Schools
September, 2004
Larry Miller, Marguerite Roza, Claudine Swartz

Under current budgeting practices it is difficult to assess how resources are distributed between schools and whether every school is afforded the same opportunities to meet its educational goals. This paper addresses one key driver of spending variation between schools: shared district...

Doing School Choice Right: Proceedings of a Meeting on Communities and Choice
August, 2004
James Harvey, Lydia Rainey

This report summarizes a two-day seminar which addressed the question, "How Can Communities Do School Choice Right?" convened at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., in August 2004.

Chronic Teacher Turnover in Urban Elementary Schools
August, 2004
Kacey Guin

This study examines the characteristics of elementary schools that experience chronic teacher turnover and the impacts of turnover on a school's working climate and ability to effectively function.