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ISM's Research and Reports
ISM's Research and Reports

Develop strategies based on sound research and analysis germane to private schools.

ISM’s continuous research is at the core of our theory, workshops, and consultations, and is the driving force behind Ideas & Perspectives and our other publications. We analyze our own survey and report information, and routinely peruse statistics and data developed by the government and other educational organizations.

ISM's goal is to provide various resources of relevance to private schools, sharing information and advice to help them prosper. 

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Is the U.S. Private Education Sector Infected by Baumol’s Cost Disease?

Article ● September 18, 2019

High and rising costs characterize the private education industry in the United States. This paper tests if Baumol’s cost disease of the service sector can explain some of the growth of private education spending. An empirical strategy developed by Hartwig (2008) and Colombier (2010) and a panel dat...

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Projections of Education Statistics to 2027

Report ● September 18, 2019

Projections of Education Statistics to 2027 is the 46th report  in a series begun in 1964. It includes statistics on elementary and secondary schools and degree-granting postsecondary institutions. This report provides revisions of projections shown in Projections of Education Statistics to 202...

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The Future of Catholic Education in the United States

Report ● September 18, 2019

On October 1, 2018, at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., a group of our nation’s top influencers and decision-makers guiding Catholic education gathered for the inaugural National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Elizabeth Ann Seton Philanthropy Symposium to discuss the fu...

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Expenditures on Children by Families

Report ● September 17, 2019

Since 1960, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided estimates on family spending on children (from birth through age 17). This report's statistics offer a general sense of what your families may be spending on their children, but should not be used to determine tuition levels or as an argume...

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