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.

How Home Schooling Will Change Public Education
April, 2000
Paul Hill

More than 1.2 million students are now being taught at home, more students than are enrolled in the entire New York City public school system. This report discusses the pros and cons of learning at home and the effects home schooling will have on public schools.

It Takes a City: Getting Serious about Urban School Reform
January, 2000
Paul Hill, Christine Campbell, James Harvey

This volume is the second in a trilogy of books designed to describe the politics of reform in urban school systems and clarify reform options available to mayors and other community leaders who want to improve school performance dramatically. It Takes a City develops lessons from the reform...

Supplying Effective Public Schools in Big Cities
December, 1999
Paul Hill

How can we move toward a public education system that can supply good schools for city children? This chapter presents two discussions: first, an analysis of the practices and attitudes that now prevent big cities from providing a supply of strong schools; and second, a proposal about how cities...

Making Standards Work: Active Voices, Focused Learning
February, 1999
Robin Lake, Paul Hill, Lauren O'Toole, Mary Beth Celio

This report works at identifying steps Washington state schools can take to improve new state assessment scores and meet higher state standards. Follow-up reports include Making Standards Stick (2000) and Making Standards Meaningful (2001).

Fixing Urban Schools
December, 1998
Paul Hill

This book identifies the essential elements of reform strategies that can transform school performance in big cities beset by poverty, social instability, racial isolation, and labor unrest. It also suggests ways that local leaders can assemble the necessary funding and political support to make...

Reinventing Public Education: How Contracting Can Transform America's Schools
December, 1997
Paul Hill, Lawrence Pierce, James Guthrie

A heated debate is raging over our nation’s public schools and how they should be reformed, with proposals ranging from imposing national standards to replacing public education altogether with a voucher system for private schools. Combining decades of experience in education, this book,...

Toward a K-12 Education Accountability System in Washington State
December, 1997
Paul Hill, Robin Lake

This report sketches a strong and unique accountability system for Washington State, one that is driven by measurements of student performance and incentives to improve, creates clear lines of responsibility, gives every school a chance to perform and improve, employs powerful incentives, and...

What It Takes to Start A Pennsylvania Charter School: A Guide for Applicants
December, 1997
Marc Dean Millot

This report was written in anticipation of the passage of House Bill 1834, a charter school statute considered and ultimately rejected by the Pennsylvania legislature in the fall of 1996. The information and advice contained herein has broader application to charter schools and the charter...

A Public Education System for the New Metropolis
August, 1997
Paul Hill

What, if anything can now be said about whether decentralization of public school systems is possible and, if so, under what conditions is it likely to lead to changes in instruction and improvements in student outcomes? This paper from the Journal of Education and Urban Society attempts to...

Supplying a System of Charter Schools: Observations on Early Implementation of the Massachusetts Statute
June, 1997
Marc Dean Millot, Robin Lake

This report examines the "supply side" of education reform - the extent to which proposals to decentralize public education can be implemented by the individuals, groups, or institutions prepared to operate schools in the new system. Charter schools are the focus of this study, and particularly...