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.

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.


Study of Oregon Charter School Funding

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


The CLASS Project: Empowering Educators, Raising Student Achievement

This 2015 white paper examined strategy, impact, and lessons learned from the CLASS Project, a Chalkboard Project initiative to support educators through expanded career paths, effective performance evaluations, relevant professional development, and new compensation models.


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.


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.


TeachOregon: Lessons Learned, Promising Practices, and Recommendations for the Future

This 2017 report analyzed the impact of Chalkboard Project’s TeachOregon initiative, a partnership among universities, community colleges, and school districts to pilot innovative models for collaborative teacher preparation in Oregon.