Public Policy Forum Research



Over the years, the Forum has built a reputation as the region's premier source of data and analysis on K-12 education issues, with annual reports on the demographics, achievement and financing of public and private schools. More recently, we have expanded our portfolio to include early childhood education, with a multi-year research project on child care quality that has helped shape state policy in that area. In addition, we have initiated a two-year project on afterschool programming in Milwaukee.

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Feb, 2017
Our latest research shows that Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are popular among high school students, though course offerings and participation vary among districts. CTE is designed as a sequence of courses bridging high school to...
Dec, 2016
Our 31st annual report analyzing data from southeast Wisconsin's public school districts finds that while 68 of the 92 school districts are exceeding or significantly exceeding expectations on our new state report cards, there are large...
Dec, 2016
Pull-out poster providing Southeastern Wisconsin school performance in an easily readable format. Performance of the K-12 school districts includes enrollment, district finances, student participation and student performance measures.
Aug, 2016
Our new research finds that five years after initial implementation of the State's YoungStar quality rating and improvement program, an increased number of children are receiving child care from quality providers. The report also finds that while...
Apr, 2016
Our new research shows that the educator workforce in Greater Milwaukee is stretched, with districts struggling to retain current teachers and the supply of new teachers to fill vacancies shrinking over a recent five-year period. Key findings:...
Dec, 2015
For the last 30 years, the Public Policy Forum has collected and analyzed education data to produce an annual report on the demographics, academic performance, and finances of public school districts in southeast Wisconsin. In the three decades of...