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.

Blueprint4Summer Colorado: Mapping Denver’s Landscape for Summer Enrichment
May, 2020

This brief provides an assessment of lessons learned in the first two years of RESCHOOL Colorado’s initiatives to expand access to out-of-school learning opportunities for children in the Denver area.

Finding a Great Fit: Improving the School Choice Process for Students with Disabilities
March, 2020
Lanya McKittrick, Robin Lake, Sivan Tuchman, Travis Pillow, Roohi Sharma, Jon Valant, Matthew Larsen

Two briefs provide a summary of the special education landscape in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and offer recommendations for further steps that might be taken to strengthen the cities’ support structures for parents of children with disabilities.

After Decades of Financial Challenge, How Can Oakland Reorient Itself?
November, 2019
Sean Gill, Ashley Jochim, Robin Lake

In this brief, we explore evidence related to the causes of OUSD’s financial crisis and why previous efforts to right the ship have failed.

A Middle Way for States in the ESSA Era: Lessons from Texas
November, 2019
Alice Opalka, Ashley Jochim, Michael DeArmond

The report examines the Texas Education Agency’s System of Great Schools (SGS) initiative, which calls on districts to manage school performance in new ways, expands access to school choice options, and takes a dynamic approach to managing their supply of schools.

Seizing the Opportunity: Educating Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools
October, 2019
Michael DeArmond, Sean Gill, Betheny Gross, Georgia Heyward, Robin Lake, Lanya McKittrick, Alice Opalka, Travis Pillow, Roohi Sharma, Sivan Tuchman, Lauren Morando Rhim, Stephanie Lancet, Shaini Kothari

This report is the first step in developing an evidence base about how charter schools meet the needs of unique learners, how they can improve in this work, and what aspects of chartering as a governance model support or impede their ability to do so.

It Takes a City: How the Portfolio Strategy Can Bring Schools, Districts, and Communities Together to Transform Special Education
September, 2019
Robin Lake, Lanya McKittrick

We convened leaders from cities around the country to explore ways that school districts can use the portfolio strategy to help cities improve education for students with disabilites—and ultimately for all students.

Lessons from the Trenches: Sustaining Improvements after State Takeover
August, 2019
Ashley Jochim, Paul Hill

This report provides key lessons for states seeking to make improvements in districts and schools navigating a transition to local control.

The Changing Landscape of Homeschooling in the United States
July, 2019
Aaron Hirsh

This brief explores the changing demographics of homeschoolers, provides an overview of new forms of homeschooling, and outlines the variety of state policies that govern homeschooling.

Student Mobility in Kansas City
June, 2019
Michael DeArmond, Alice Opalka, Patrick Denice

This brief examines student mobility in Kansas City Public Schools.

Schools Lead the Way but the System Must Change: Rethinking Career and Technical Education
June, 2019
Georgia Heyward

CRPE has identified 32 programs around the country that represent the variety of efforts being used to reinvent career and technical education.