• 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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Trends in Academic Progress 2012

Released June 2013. The Nation's Report Card™ informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States. Report cards communicate the findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), based on assessments conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and other subjects. This report focuses on the progress of students in reading (1971-2012) and mathematics (1973-2012).

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The Condition of Education 2013

Released May 2013. The Condition of Education is published annually by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The report covers a range of educational statistics. including public and private schools. The statistics show trends in employment rates by educational attainment and economic outcomes, enrollment rates, school characteristics, and other significant findings.

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A Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on School Choice (Third Edition)

Released April 2013. Released by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, this report surveys the empirical research on school choice. It provides a thorough overview of what the research has found on five key topics: academic outcomes of choice participants, academic outcomes of public schools, fiscal impact on taxpayers, racial segregation in schools, and civic values and practices. The evidence points clearly in one direction. Opponents frequently claim school choice does not benefit participants, hurts public schools, costs taxpayers, facilitates segregation, and even undermines democracy. However, the empirical evidence consistently shows that choice improves academic outcomes for participants and public schools, saves taxpayer money, moves students into more integrated classrooms, and strengthens the shared civic values and practices essential to American democracy.

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Costs and Benefits of the Year-Round High School

Released April 2013. In this report, Hanover Research presents an overview of the literature on the effects of year-round education on student achievement. The report also includes an analysis of the difficulties encountered by schools transitioning to a year-round calendar, and discusses the ways in which high schools have successfully adapted to them. The number of year-round schools appears to have grown by a relatively marked amount during the last thirty years. The National Association for Year-Round Education (NAYRE)indicated that 2.3 million students attended a year?round school in the 2002?03 school year, compared to only 360,000 in 1986?87. A majority of these schools are public (2,746), but 172 charter schools and 64 private schools have also adopted a year-round schedule.

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The Nation's Report Card: Economics 2012--National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grade 12

Released April 2013. Economic literacy is vital for functioning effectively in today’s society. Consumers need to manage their finances, investors need to plan for their future, and voters need to choose among competing economic plans. As students move on to college or enter the workforce, their understanding of the economy will help them become financially responsible citizens. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) monitors students’ attainment of these skills and knowledge with its twelfth-grade economics assessment. First administered in 2006, the NAEP economics assessment measures twelfth-graders’ understanding of a wide range of topics in three main content areas: market economy, national economy, and international economy. This report provides results of the economics assessment in 2012 based on a nationally representative sample of nearly 11,000 twelfth-graders. Results from 2012 are compared with those from 2006 to investigate whether our nation’s high school seniors are becoming increasingly literate in economics.

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College Costs--A Decade of Change: 2002-03 to 2011-12

Released March 2013. There is significant interest from a variety of audiences, including policymakers and prospective students and their parents, in college costs and in understanding how those costs havechanged over time. The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) collects data on not only the tuition and required fees charged by colleges and universities and full cost of attendance, but the average net price of attendance (the price after deducting grant/scholarship aid). Net price data are fairly new data elements in IPEDS. In this report, in addition to tables displaying data for full-time undergraduates, there are table series that display five year trends in average cost of attendance and average net price of attendance for full-time, first-time undergraduate students.

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