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Patricia  Burch

Patricia Burch

Associate Professor of Education

PhD, Stanford University

Contact info

pburch@usc.eduPhone: 909-272-5839Curriculum Vitae


K-12 Education Policy


education policy, intersection of public and private partnerships in education, evaluation of policy implementation and impact

Patricia Burch


Dr. Patricia Burch is an associate professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Burch studies the patterns and drivers of school commercialism and the implications for the form and delivery of public education, with specific attention to equity and quality. Burch's book, Hidden Markets:The New Education Privatization, (Routledge, 2009) examines the intersection of high stakes accountability policies and for-profit influence on instruction.

Burch's forthcoming book Equal Scrutiny: Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education (Harvard Education Press, co-authored with Annalee Good) examines both the promise and risk in the surge of contracting for education technology. In this and other work, Burch argues that only when we subject the education industry and its activities to systematic and in-depth examination can we build corporate accountability in public education. Burch works with policymakers, vendors and practitioners across the United States to design policy and  build capacity for better schools.

Burch teaches graduate level courses in policy research and implementation. 



  • Qualitative Methods
  • Policy and Politics in Urban Education
  • Policy Research and Implementation


Co-principal Investigator on a four year $3,000,000 study titled, “A Multi-Site Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of Supplemental Educational Services” funded by the Institute of Education Sciences Education Research Grant Program: Education Policy, Finance and Systems.

Selected Publications

  • Books
  • Burch, P. & Heinrich, C.J. (2015). Mixed Methods for Policy Research and Program Evaluation. SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • Burch, P. (2009). Hidden Markets: The New Education Privatization. New York: Routledge. The Critical Social Thought Series.
  • Book Chapters
  • *Burch, P. (2010). Local and federal models of education contracting: Convergence or collision? In K. Bulkley, J. Henig, & H. Levin (Eds). Between public and private: Contracting regimes and urban school reform. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press.
  • *Burch, P. (2009) The professionalization of instructional leadership in the United States: Competing values and current tensions. School Leadership – International Perspectives. Berlin, Germany.
  • *Burch, P. & Hayes, T. (2008). The role of private firms in data based decision-making. In T. Kowalski, & T. Lasley (Eds.). Handbook on Data based Decision Making in Education (pp. 54-71). New York: Taylor Francis.
  • *Burch, P. (2007). School leadership practice and the school subject: The Baxter case. In J. Spillane & J. Diamond (Eds.), Distributed Leadership in Practice. (pp. 129-146). New York: Teachers College Press.
  • *Spillane, J. & Burch, P. (2007). The institutional environment and instructional practice: Changing patterns of guidance and control in public education. In H.D. Meyer & B. Rowan (Eds.), The New Institutionalism in Education. (pp. 87-102). Albany: SUNY Press.
  • *Burch, P. (2002). Constraints and opportunities in changing policy environments: Intermediary organizations' response to complex district contexts. In A. Hightower, M. Knapp, J. Marsh, & M. McLaughlin, (Eds.), School Districts and Instructional Renewal. (pp. 111-126). New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Burch, P. Managing educational contracting for educational equity. Mid-Atlantic Equity Center.
  • Burch, P. (2009). Hidden markets: Globalization in the privatization of education? global-e: (3)1, 1.
  • Burch, P. (2009). Hidden Markets: The New Education Privatization.New York: Routledge. The Critical Social Thought Series.
  • Journal Articles
  • Burch, P. (2010). After the fall: Education contracting in the wake of the US and global financial crises. Journal of Education Policy. 26, 33-38.
  • Burch, P. (2010). The bigger picture: Institutional perspectives on interim assessment technologies. Peabody Journal of Education, 85(2), 147-162
  • Burch, P, Theoharis, G. & Rauscher E. (2009). Class size reduction in practice: Investigating the influence of the elementary school principal. Educational Policy. First published on-line. May 2009. 0895904808330168v1.
  • Burch, P. (2007). The professionalization of instructional leadership in the United States: Competing values and current tensions. Journal of Education Policy, (22)2, 195-214.
  • Burch, P. (2007). Educational policy and practice from the perspective of institutional theory: Crafting a wider lens. Educational Researcher, 36(2), 84-95.
  • Burch, P., Steinberg, M., & Donovan, J. (2007). Supplemental educational services and NCLB: Policy assumptions, market practices, emerging issues. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 29(2), 115-133.
  • Burch, P. (2006). The new educational privatization: Educational contracting and high stakes accountability. Teachers College Record, 108 (12), 2582-2610.
  • Burch, P., Donovan, J., & Steinberg M. (October 2006). The new landscape of educational privatization in the era of NCLB: Markets, supplemental education services and No Child Left Behind. Phi Delta Kappan, 88(2), 86-90.
  • Burch, P. & Spillane, J. (2005). How subjects matter in district office practice: Instructionally relevant policy in urban school district redesign. Journal of Educational Change, 6 (1), 51-76.
  • Burch, P. & Spillane, J. (2003, May). Elementary school leadership strategies and subject matter: Reforming mathematics and literacy instruction. The Elementary School Journal, 103(5), 519-535.
  • Spillane, J., Diamond, J., Hallett, T., Halverson, R., & Burch, P. (2002). Managing in the middle: School leaders and the enactment of accountability policy. Educational Policy, 16(5), 731-762.
  • Policy Briefs
  • Understanding Supplementary Educational Services (SES): A Guide for Parents and Guardians
    Rodolfo Acosta, Patricia Burch, Annalee Good, Mary Stewart, Carolyn Heinrich & Christi Kirschbaum Comprendiendo los Servicios de Educación Suplementaria (SES): Un guía para padres y guardianes
    Rodolfo Acosta, Patricia Burch, Annalee Good, Mary Stewart, Carolyn Heinrich & Christi Kirschbaum
  • The Implementation and Effectiveness of Supplemental Educational Services
    A Review and Recommendations for Program Improvement
    Carolyn Heinrich, University of Texas-Austin; Patricia Burch, University of Wisconsin-Madison”
  • Supplemental Educational Services Observation Instrument
    Authors: Patricia Burch and Annalee Good
  • Equal Access to Quality in Federally Mandated Tutoring: Preliminary Findings of a Multisite Study of Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
    Authors: Patricia Burch, Carolyn Heinrich, Annalee Good, and Mary Stewart
  • Carolyn J. Heinrich and Patricia Burch's Presentation: Provider Briefing (video) Slides (PowerPoint)
  • Preliminary Findings of a Multisite Study of the Implementation and Effects of Supplemental Education Services (SES)
    Carolyn J. Heinrich, Patricia Burch
  • Supplemental Education Services under NCLB: Emerging Evidence and Policy Issues
    Patricia Burch, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
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