CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Priscilla Wohlstetter

Senior Research Specialist, CPRE

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis

Professional Biography

Priscilla Wohlstetter is Distinguished Research Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and also a Senior Researcher with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). Wohlstetter was the Tisch Distinguished Visiting Professor at Teachers College prior to her faculty appointment in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis. Before coming to TC, she held the Diane and MacDonald Becket Professorship in Education Policy at the University of Southern California, where she also founded and directed the Center on Educational Governance.

Her research and writing has focused broadly on the policies and politics of K-12 education reform and specifically on charter schools, public-private partnerships, school decentralization, school networks, and most recently, implementation of the Common Core State Standards. She has served as principal investigator for numerous national and international studies focusing on federal, state and local reforms. She directed a national study of charter schools and public-private partnerships, and served as co-director of the National Resource Center for Charter School Finance and Governance, bot funded by the U.S. Department of Education. With support from several foundations, she developed a state accountability system (USC School Performance Dashboard), which rates California charter schools on both academic and financial performance for all California charter schools. Her new book, Choices and Challenges: Charter School Performance in Perspective, will be published early in 2013 (Harvard Education Press).

Areas of Expertise

  • Charter schools
  • Intergovernmental relations and education reform, and alternative governance arrangements in education