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 States Can Promote Local Innovation, Options, and Problem-Solving in Public Education
April, 2017
Jordan Posamentier, Robin Lake, Paul Hill

States policy should encourage and empower school district innovation and improvement strategies.


The “City of Firsts” Charts a New Path on Turnaround
April, 2017
Ashley Jochim, Alice Opalka

This case study profiles the unique school improvement effort in Springfield, MA, and compares it with other turnaround strategies.


The Power of Persuasion: A Model for Effective Political Leadership by State Chiefs
March, 2017
Paul Hill, Ashley Jochim

Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim offer ideas and examples for how state chiefs can best use their powers to effectively lead the improvement of schools and districts.


Bridging the District-Charter Divide to Help More Students Succeed
January, 2017
Robin Lake, Sarah Yatsko, Sean Gill, Alice Opalka

Based on six years of research, this report explores why a growing number of districts and charter schools are choosing to work together, the costs and benefits of different types of cooperation, and the real impacts of successful collaboration on students and families.


Encouraging Districts and Charters to Link Arms to Solve Problems
January, 2017
Robin Lake

Robin Lake discusses opportunities that states have to support district-charter cooperation in the National Association of State Boards of Education's journal, The State Education Standard.


Unifying Enrollment in Camden: How Families Experienced the New Enrollment System
December, 2016
Christine Campbell, Betheny Gross, Colleen McCann, José Hernández, Sarah Yatsko

This study explores families’ experiences choosing and enrolling in schools using the new Camden Enrollment, and provides recommendations for improvements to the system.


Measures of Last Resort: Assessing Strategies for State-Initiated Turnarounds
November, 2016
Ashley Jochim

This paper provides the first comprehensive review of the research to date on state interventions, assessing the advantages and limits of five common turnaround approaches and outlining key ingredients for success.


The SEA of the Future: Maximizing Opportunities Under ESSA
November, 2016
Ashley Jochim, Betheny Gross, Paul Hill

Edited by Ashley Jochim and Betheny Gross, the sixth and final volume of the SEA of the Future provides SEAs a new framework under ESSA for strategic planning and concrete tools for implementation.


Apples to Apples: Common School Performance Frameworks as a Tool for Choice and Accountability
October, 2016
Sarah Yatsko, Alice Opalka, Jessica Sutter, Laura Weeldreyer, David Stewart

CRPE's new paper focuses on developing a common school performance framework, tool for measuring performance of an individual school using a defined set of metrics that is common to schools across different agencies or governing bodies.


Sticking Points: How School Districts Experience Implementing the Portfolio Strategy
October, 2016
Robin Lake, Jordan Posamentier, Patrick Denice, Paul Hill

This analysis of trends across portfolio districts shows where cities are making progress on strategy implementation and where they are getting bogged down.

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