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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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.

Superintendents' 'Coach Speak'
April, 2002
Paul Hill, James Harvey

In this commentary, Paul Hill and James Harvey look at how urban superintendents can get beyond misleading platitudes to confront real problems.

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.