What do Washington parents think about their students’ charter schools?

In 2014, the first public charter schools opened in Washington state. The development led to years of controversy, but the debates often bypassed the opinions of people with important experience: parents of enrolled students. To begin to remedy this, we conducted a mixed-methods study that asked parents how they selected their student’s charter school, how […]

The State of the American Student: Fall 2022 Executive Summary

This executive summary provides highlights of the primary findings and recommendations from the State of the American Student: Fall 2022 report that draws on data the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has collected and synthesized during the pandemic.

The State of the American Student: Fall 2022

This report draws on data the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has collected and synthesized over the course of the pandemic. It outlines the contours of the crisis American students faced during the Covid-19 pandemic and begins to chart a path to recovery and reinvention for all students—which includes the essential work of building a new […]

The pandemic’s toll on students and society

To accompany CRPE’s inaugural State of the American Student report in 2022, researchers and experts assembled a fast facts one-pager for readers to use as they follow the recovery and reinvention of U.S. schools from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Education reform that sticks

Public education depends on expertise, work, money, and cooperation from multiple actors who have different interests and beliefs. These lead to competition and negotiation—in other words, politics. Failure to consider the politics of reform implementation and sustainability has doomed many promising K–12 school improvement initiatives.  This paper analyzes more than 10 years of data on […]

Shifting students: Pandemic-era enrollment changes present challenges and opportunities for Washington’s public charters

CRPE’s September 2022 brief, “Shifting students: A look at Washington State school enrollment from 2020 to 2022,” found that fewer students were enrolled in the state’s traditional public schools in 2021-22 than 2019-20, while enrollment in private schools, home schools, and public charter schools increased during that time. This accompanying brief provides more detail on […]

Shifting students: A look at Washington State school enrollment from 2020 to 2022

As in other states, enrollment in Washington State’s public schools has shifted during the Covid-19 pandemic. This brief examines enrollment changes in Washington’s district, charter, private, and home schools from September 2019 to September 2021. It uses student headcount data from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington State Board of […]