CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education


Our Mission

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) seeks to contribute new, evidence-based knowledge to inform important decisions of education policy and practice.

Our Network

CPRE is a network of renowned researchers from universities and other institutions across the United States who study and publish on a range of topics relevant to education from early childhood to higher education at the local, state, and national level.

  • Our Institutional Members

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Northwestern University

Our Work

We conduct rigorous program evaluation and research studies using qualitative and quantitative methods, advanced survey techniques, and data analysis.

We collaborate with policymakers and practitioners as thought-partners and translate our research into policy briefs for non-technical audiences.

We connect with key education stakeholders through conferences, webinars, and other community appearances and continue to foster strong partnerships professional organizations in the education community.

Our History

  • “What CPRE has always sought to ask is, ‘What difference does this education policy make in the lives of children, the work of teachers, and the effectiveness of schools?’”

    – Dr. Susan Fuhrman, CPRE Chair & Founder

Dr. Susan Fuhrman founded the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) in 1985 at Rutgers University. From its inception, CPRE has studied the design, implementation, and effects of state and local policies intended to improve elementary and secondary education through its research on policy, finance, school reform, and school governance. Our work delves into the relationships between educational policy and organizations, school and classroom practice, and the impact these issues have on student learning. By disseminating the knowledge of our researchers, we seek to share new ideas, spark conversations, and inform the decisions of policymakers, practitioners, and the research community.

Across its institutional life, CPRE has received funding from many sources. These include: U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Goldman Sachs Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Merck Institute for Science Education, National Center on Education and the Economy, Pearson, Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation, Student Achievement Partners, General Electric Foundation, SRI International, and others.