• 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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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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More Than Scores: An Analysis of Why and How Parents Choose Private Schools

Released in November 2013. This report, published by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, discusses the results of a survey administered to Georgia parents of K–12 private school scholarship concerning why and how parents select a private school for their children. The top five reasons why parents chose a private school for their children are all related to school climate and classroom management, including “better student discipline” (50.9%), “better learning environment” (50.8%), “smaller class sizes” (48.9%), “improved student safety” (46.8%), and “more individual attention for my child” (39.3%). Surveyed parents were overwhelmingly satisfied with their private school choice, with 98.6 percent of parents being “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their decision.

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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.


Sample Gift Acceptance Policy

This is a sample gift acceptance policy (for I&P's fictional K-12 coed day school, Aegis Academy), created to accompany the I&P article, "Developing a Gift Acceptance Policy Manual," Vol. 38, No. 6. The sample is provided as a guideline as you develop your own policy; customize your policy to the particular mission and needs of your school and its development program.

Effective Practices

Impact of School Start Time on Student Learning

Released February 2013. In the following report, Hanover Research presents an assessment of the literature regarding the most effective school start times for elementary, middle, and high school students. We review the actions of school start time change committees and pilot studies to provide profiles of schools that have implemented new start times. The current body of research suggests that later start times for middle and high school students can improve academic performance as well as out-of-school behavior. This report presents the background and benefits of ideal school start times, obstacles for implementing new school start times, and guidelines and models for implementing changes. The research is based on public school systems, but some of the ideas provided can be applicable in a private school setting.

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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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