• Research, Theory, and Analysis

    For years now, this phrase has been the tagline for Ideas & Perspectives, our flagship publication. The phrase not only reflects the content of our advisory letter, but it resides at the core of Independent School Management’s raison d'être—supporting private-independent school leaders.

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​The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition

This report, created in a collaboration between The New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking, “examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in schools." Citation: Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., and Freeman, A. (2015). NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.

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Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2014

Released July 2015. A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in schools and colleges. This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources--the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety, the Schools and Staffing Survey, EDFacts, and the Campus Safety and Security Survey. The report covers topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, the presence of security staff at school, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at post-secondary institutions.

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Condition of College and Career Readiness 2014

Released July 2015. Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and scores from the ACT® college readiness assessment, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014 provides a series of graphical pictures highlighting the college and career readiness of the ACT-tested high school class of 2014.

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Full Steam Ahead Part 3: What Does ‘Sustainability’ Really Mean?

In two previous white papers, ISM discussed whether the recent recession and subsequent recovery has impacted private-independent school enrollments. Despite data from ISM's recent parent reenrollment surveys and three tuition elasticity studies (all suggesting that the enrollment intentions of parents remains strong and that tuition and enrollment are not correlated), many school leaders continue to question independent school sustainability. This report focuses on five sustainability concerns that ISM most frequently hears and addresses each in turn. The conclusion is that hysteria over independent school sustainability is not warranted.

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ISM Faculty and Management Compensation Survey 2013-2014 Executive Summary

Released March 2014. In this report, Hanover Research summarizes key findings from the 2013-14 Faculty and Management Compensation Survey, administered on behalf of Independent School Management to independent schools in the United States.

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ISM Faculty and Management Compensation Survey 2013-14 Summary of Results

Released March 2014. In this report, Hanover Research summarizes results from the 2013-2014 Faculty and Management Compensation Survey, administered on behalf of Independent School Management to 262 independent schools in the United States. Analysis in this report includes univariate summary statistics of each question included in the survey as well as a bivariate and multivariate analysis examining predictors of faculty salary at independent schools.

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