CPRE - Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Wisconsin Madison

Consortium for Policy Research in Education

CPRE unites seven of the nation's top research institutions in an effort to improve student learning through research on education reform, policy, and finance. CPRE at UW-Madison focuses on Educator Effectiveness, Human Capital Management and Educator Compensation. In addition, CPRE at UW-Madison provides technical assistance, conducts program evaluations and policy support in their focus areas.

CPRE collaborates with other units at UW-Madison including projects within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA), and the Value-Added Research Center (VARC).


The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has produced a series of papers that addresses the compensation aspect of the strategic management of human capital in public education.

Project on Talent and Human Capital in Education
In this project, we seek the strategic redesign of human capital management systems for teachers and other leaders in the nation’s largest 100 public school districts. The link to the complete SMHC website can be found here: http://www.smhc-cpre.org/

Improving Student Learning when Budgets are TightNew Book by Allan Odden, February, 2012
Improving Student Learning When Budgets Are Tight was published by Corwin Press in February, 2012. It is now available at www.corwin.com or www.amazon.com.

A how-to manual for achieving excellence despite budget cuts

This book offers a comprehensive framework to enhance student achievement in good times and in bad. The author provides a school improvement action plan and then shows how to target resources to implement that plan. More than just a “theory” book, this text describes concrete, specific actions that can be taken immediately. Key strategies include:

Book on SMHC by Allan Odden, January, 2011
Allan Odden's newest book, Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education, was published by Routledge Press in mid-January. It is now available at www.routledge.com or www.amazon.com.

Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education offers a comprehensive and strategic approach to address what has become labeled as “talent and human capital.” Grounded in extensive research and examples of leading edge districts, this book shows how the entire human resource system in schools-from recruitment, to selection/placement, induction, professional development, performance management and evaluation, compensation, and career progression- can be reformed and restructured to boost teacher and principal effectiveness in ways that dramatically improve instructional practice and student learning. Strategic Management of Human Capital in Education guides educators toward putting more effective teachers, teacher leaders, and principals in the country’s schools-especially in poverty-impacted urban and rural communities-equipping those teachers and principals with instructional and leadership expertise, and rewarding and retaining those who are successful in attaining these objectives. Drawing from cases, experiences, and deliberations from a national task force, this book outlines a comprehensive framework for how to transform current human resource management practices into authentic, strategic talent management systems in order to improve student achievement.

“This important new book clearly and comprehensively addresses the new work in school reform that is changing the face of human resources in school systems.” -From the Foreword by Carl A. Cohn, Professor and Co-Director, Urban Leadership Program, Claremont Graduate University

2009 SMHC National Conference - Washington, DC - November 3-4

2009 SMHC District Reform Network Invitational Conference, Chicago, IL March 24-25, 2009.

New Book on Doubling Performance by Odden and Archibald. Click here for more information.

2008 SMHC-CPRE Invitational Conference

New Materials
The CPRE group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has just issued new materials, all of which are available as downloads at no charge.

February 21-22, 2007 Conference, Chicago, IL
New Approaches to School Finance, School Improvement and Teacher Compensation: The Results of Fifteen Years of Research and Policy Development

Task Force: UW-Madison Study to Focus on Funding of Wisconsin Schools
What does it cost to adequately fund K-12 education in Wisconsin? A nationally recognized expert in school finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is leading an effort to address this critical question.

The Wisconsin School Finance Adequacy Initiative Final Report
Moving from Good to Great in Wisconsin: Funding Schools Adequately and Doubling School Performance

Wisconsin State Journal Article: Squeezing Schools
Squeezing Schools Part 2: UW-Madison professor has a vision for school funding. Odden is lead author of a new state report pushing a radical idea: Wisconsin schools should get enough money to adequately educate all children, including those with special needs, to actually meet the state's own education standards. In the process, he said, the state could significantly increase the numbers of students attaining proficient and advanced ratings on standardized tests.