Created in 1985, the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) unites researchers from seven of the nation's leading research institutions -- the University of Pennsylvania, Teachers College Columbia University, Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University -- in an effort to improve elementary and secondary education through practical research.
CPRE's work focuses on the relations between education policy and organization on the one hand, and school, classroom practice, and student learning on the other. The uncertainty of these relationships is a problem for policymakers and practitioners alike as ambitious state and federal policies do not always lead to fruitful classroom practice. CPRE has conducted extensive research on the following issues, examining ways to bridge this gap as well as develop and sustain high-quality instruction: * Accountability * Education Governance * Enhancing Knowledge and Capacity * Improving Instruction and Learning * School Finance and Resource Allocation * Teacher Quality and Teacher Compensation
CPRE research focuses on three essential components: * Effective reform must incorporate a coherent set of policies, * Contain meaningful incentives to individuals and the organization, and * Build the capacity of the individual and the organization to institute and sustain necessary changes.