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Bulkley studies educational policy issues and how changes in national, state, and local educational policy influences public schools and districts. She is particularly interested in how policies that seek to encourage “markets” in education and new organizations that provide education are changing public education, including policies that allow and promote the development of charter schools. Her research focuses on schools and districts in large urban areas, including Philadelphia, that enroll predominantly low-income students of color.
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Examines the development of interim assessments, or common assessments used at regular intervals across multiple schools in Philadelphia, the expectations district leaders had for the use of those Benchmarks, the supports put in place to assist those in schools in meeting those expectations, and the challenges encountered in that implementation.