• 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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Assessing the Effectiveness of School Voucher Programs

Released February 2013. Few topics in education are more controversial than school vouchers. However, this controversy has not curtailed the expansion of voucher program in recent years. In this research report, Hanover Research examines past scholarly studies on the popularity and effects of school voucher programs. After briefly reviewing all current voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs across the country, the report analyzes both the effects of these programs on the participating students and the systemic effects on public school students.

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2012-2013 ISM Faculty and Management Compensation Survey - Executive Summary

Released February 2013. This report, prepared for Independent School Management by Hanover Research, summarizes key findings from the 2012-2013 administration of ISM’s Faculty and Management Compensation Survey. The full report is available to Consortium Gold members elsewhere in the Research area of this site.

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Results from the 2012-2013 ISM Faculty and Management Compensation Survey – Summary of Results (All Respondents)

Released February 2013. This report provides graphic summaries of the results of ISM’s survey on faculty compensation practices and the associated compensation census. Hanover Research summarizes the responses to each question, including breakdowns by day/boarding school and by geographic region, and includes a multiple regression analysis of the determinants of teacher salary. Compensation and benefits for private school administrators, including School Heads, is included. This document is long (228 pages).

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The ABCs of School Choice: The Comprehensive Guide to Every Private School Choice Program in America

This report from The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice focuses on school choice programs in 2013, including vouchers, education savings accounts, tax-credit scholarships, and and individual tax credits/deductions. The report describes programs throughout the United States, listed alphabetically by state. The foundation continues to promote school choice as the most effective and equitable way to improve the quality of K-12 education in America. The foundation is dedicated to research, education, and outreach on the vital issues and implications related to choice in K-12 education.

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Charter School Growth and Replication: Executive Summary

Released January 2013. The notion of identifying successful schools and encouraging their expansion seems straightforward and logical. But in the charter school context, the desirable goal of better outcomes for students immediately encounters a set of three hurdles, detailed in this report from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO). There is a growing body of research, including prior work from CREDO, showing that the performance of charter schools varies widely, even after state policy differences are taken into account. The research shows that to date, high-performing charter schools are in the minority. Since these studies are typically a snapshot of performance over a period of time, the question of how schools' quality changes over time is left unanswered.

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NACE Salary Survey: Starting Salaries for New College Graduates: January 2013 Executive Summary

Released January 2013. This Executive Summary was prepared by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and provides data derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, and a master data set developed by Job Search Intelligence. This is the fourth report using NACE's new data collection method. Because the data come from a statistically valid sample of employers rather than from voluntary reports by students, the new report is more representative of the college population as a whole; the old report was heavily weighted toward engineering, accounting, and other disciplines that traditionally receive job offers prior to graduation. The new report contains data that are more robust, allowing for additional analysis.

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