The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education.

CRPE’s research and policy analysis is focused on the complex systemic challenges affecting public education. We develop, test, and support evidence-based solutions to create new possibilities for the parents, educators, and public officials who strive to improve America's schools. Read more about our approach to research and analysis. CRPE is based in Seattle and affiliated with the University of Washington Bothell. Our work is funded through philanthropy, federal grants, and contracts.

"CRPE operates at the nexus of research and practice—and that’s what makes it so valuable to policymakers and practitioners alike. The recommendations are clear, actionable, and rooted in real studies of what works, what doesn’t, and why.” –Joanne Weiss, Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan


We believe that every child deserves a school with:

Rich and clear objectives for students; leaders who select and develop effective teachers; staff and leadership united to do whatever it takes; targeted and efficient use of time, money, and talent; sense of responsibility to parents and the public.


To achieve these goals, we focus on:

Re-missioning States and School Districts | For performance oversight and support CRPE leads the field in thinking about governance and envisioning a new system of public education for the future. We work closely with city and state leaders across the country who are trying to transform schools in their communities. Innovative Schools of Choice | For new ways to personalize student learning and leverage teacher talent Our rigorous research and balanced analysis helps policymakers and community leaders understand how new school models, such as charter schools and technology-based schools, are performing and how they can be replicated. Realigning Finances | For equity, productivity, and flexibility We have pioneered research on how funds are used within districts, and how different uses of money could permit innovation and increase children’s learning opportunities. We help leaders at all levels—federal, state, local, and the school—to understand costs and tradeoffs and to direct money where it is most needed.

"It’s hard to imagine the progress we have made improving public education in this country over the past 20 years without CRPE. They are a rare voice that has combined vision, intellectual honesty, and real-world practice.” –Greg Richmond, President and CEO, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
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425 Pontius Ave N, Ste 410
Seattle, WA 98109