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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Jan, 2012
In June 2010, the Wisconsin Legislature approved YoungStar, a new quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for the state’s nearly 8,500 regulated child care providers. The new system was designed to improve child care in Wisconsin by rating...
Dec, 2011
In June 2010, Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance approved YoungStar, a new quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for the state’s nearly 8,500 child care providers. YoungStar supporters believe the new system will improve the overall...
Oct, 2011
For dedicated readers, this 14th Annual Comparative Analysis of the Racine Unified School District will look quite different from the previous 13 reports. For the first time, we compare the district’s performance to its own goals, as well as to its...
Sep, 2011
For the past 25 years, the Public Policy Forum has compiled and analyzed data from southeast Wisconsin’s public school districts to produce an annual report on trends in educational performance and demographics. This year’s report, however, may take...
Sep, 2011
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.
Apr, 2011
In collaboration with the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA), the Public Policy Forum recently surveyed 1,425 child care center directors, center employees, and family child care providers statewide. The survey was designed to provide a...