• 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.


What Is the Price of College? Total, Net, and Out-of-Pocket Prices in 2007–08

Released December 2010. For most parents placing their children in private schools, better college placement is their rationale for paying the tuition. This “Stats in Brief” report from the National Center for Education Statistics details the costs of higher education—something of which every college counselor should have some awareness. The key findings of the study show the total price of attendance (tuition and living expenses), the net price after grants (total price of attendance minus all grants), and the out-of-pocket net price (total price of attendance minus all financial aid) for the four major types of postsecondary institutions.

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Can I Get Little Advice Here? How an Overstretched High School Guidance System Is Undermining Students’ College Aspirations

Released 2010. Recent studies of the guidance system as it operates in public schools today indicate that counselors are often overworked and underprepared when it comes to helping students make the best decisions about their lives after high school. A new survey of young adults aged 22 through 30 conducted by Public Agenda for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers disturbing confirmation that, at least in the eyes of students themselves, the system is failing. Even students who later successfully complete college are surprisingly critical of high school guidance as it operates today. (Copyright (c) 2010 Public Agenda. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)

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Do Vouchers and Tax Credits Increase Private School Regulation?

Released October 4, 2010. School voucher and education tax credit programs have proliferated in the United States over the past two decades. Advocates have argued that they will enable families to become active consumers in a free and competitive education marketplace, but some fear that these programs may in fact bring with them a heavy regulatory burden that could stifle market forces. Until now, there has been no systematic, empirical investigation of that concern. This "Working Paper" developed by the Cato Institute sheds light on the issue by quantifying the regulations imposed on private schools both within and outside school choice programs, and then analyzing them with descriptive statistics and regression analyses. The results are tested for robustness to alternative ways of quantifying private school regulation, and to alternative regression models, and the question of causality is addressed. The study concludes that vouchers, but not tax credits, impose a substantial and statistically significant additional regulatory burden on participating private schools.

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4x4 Block and Intensive Scheduling

Released July 2010. This report is comprised of two sections. The first section is a brief review of research on 4x4 block scheduling. The second section provides example cases of more intensive scheduling, where students study one or two subjects at a time for several weeks. This report was prepared for ISM by Hanover Research.


Parent Power: Build the Bridge to Success

Released June 2010. Here are ways for parents to become more involved in their child's education, supporting students at home and developing a strong family/school "partnership" that fosters better education. Studies of successful schools report that parent involvement is a major factor in their outcomes, including closing the achievement gap between various groups of students. Make education a priority and a legacy for your family.

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Trends in the Use of School Choice: 1993 to 2007

Released April 2010. Using data from the National Household Education Survey (NHES) of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), this report examines enrollment trends in public schools (assigned and chosen) and private schools (religious and nonsectarian), from 1993 to 2007, as well as the characteristics of students in these schools in 2007. Additionally, the report describes student enrollment in charter schools in 20071 and demographic characteristics of homeschooled students in 2007. The report also examines parents’ satisfaction with and involvement in their children’s schools.

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