Research is in our roots. FBO believes that along with deep community engagement, thoughtful research and inclusive data are critical to understanding the disparities perpetuated by Oregon’s public education system and identifying possible solutions.

This research library catalogs the reports we’ve published throughout our history—many commissioned when we were known as Chalkboard Project. As FBO’s research practices and partnerships evolve, this library captures important learnings over time—many of which influenced significant policy and cultural shifts when they were published, though they may not necessarily reflect our positions, priorities, or perspective today.

Black Students in Oregon

Commissioned in partnership with KairosPDX, this 2017 report analyzes the educational disparities harming Black/African-American students in Oregon.


Rural Education in Oregon: Overcoming the Challenges of Income and Distance

Commissioned in partnership with the Children's Institute, this 2016 report analyzed how economic insecurity and distance intersected and contributed to education disparities in rural Oregon.


Sealing the Cracks: Using Graduation Data, Policy, and Practice to Keep All Kids on Track

Produced in partnership with the Data Quality campaign, this 2015 report examined high school completion strategies and outcomes across nine U.S. states.


Study of Oregon Charter School Funding

This 2015 report outlined Oregon's charter school financing mechanisms in comparison to traditional public schools.


Economics of the Achievement Gap: Oregon and the Portland Area

This 2015 study assessed the economic cost at the time of the unacceptable educational disparities that exist between Oregon's Latinx, Black/African-American, and Native American students and their white peers.


School Leadership in Oregon: A Framework for Action Recommendations from the Distinguished Leaders Council

This 2014 framework outlined a set of strategies, based on available best practices, to improve school leader preparation and presented an appraisal of Oregon's systems and practices at the time.