• 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.


Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America's New Non-Majority Generation

Released in July 2013. Children of immigrants currently account for one out of every four children in the United States. Census Bureau projections indicate that by 2018, fewer than half of the children in the U.S. will be White, and by 2043, Whites will no longer be the majority of our nation’s population. It is the American-born children and grandchildren of immigrants that are leading this change in our demographics and will be setting the course for the future of this country. This is the first report (by the Foundation for Child Development) to present comparisons of child well-being across White, Hispanic, Black, and Asian race-ethnic groups, as well as comparisons between children within these groups whose parents are and are not immigrants. The findings offer both promising insights into the well-being of many children in immigrant families, and devastating evidence of persistent disparities in children's well-being based on race-ethnicity, home language, and immigrant status.

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'Getting Schooled' on Security Issues: A Multi-Tiered Approach

Released Summer 2013. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy (and in light of other horrific events of school violence in recent years), many schools are concerned about school security and risk management today. Beyond the debate over gun control and mental health issues, Martin Kelly, President of ISM Insurance, provides a multi-tiered approach to school safety and security, focusing on people, facilities, activities, and policies and procedures. This article was reproduced from Resources with permission of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research.


Higher Education Price Index, 2002-2012

Released June 20, 2013. This chart shows the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) from 2002 to 2012, compiled by regression analysis of components FY 1961-2001. ISM often compares the HEPI to the CPI-U to determine trends in inflation for educational institutions.


2012 ISM Concerns Survey

In June 2012, we sent our e-Letter subscribers a short survey asking about their concerns regarding their position and what obstacles they felt their school faced. This was the fourth consecutive year ISM asked its e-Letter subscribers to participate, and we were impressed with the response—especially since we circulated the survey during the summer. In total, 499 private-independent school administrators responded.

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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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Schooling in America Survey: What Do Mothers Say About K-12 Education?

Released on May 8, 2013. This study, published by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, presents the results of a survey of the mothers of schoolchildren. The report focuses on respondents’ familiarity and views on a range of K-12 education topics and school choice reforms, with questions on the direction of K-12 education, federal government performance, education spending, grades and preferences for different types of schools, and views on charter schools, parent trigger policy, tax-credit scholarships, ESAs, and school vouchers.

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