• 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.


America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013

Released in July 2013. Each year since 1997, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has published a report on the well-being of children and families. Indicators are chosen because they are easy to understand, are based on substantial research connecting them to child well-being, cut across important areas of children’s lives, are measured regularly so that they can be updated and show trends over time, and represent large segments of the population, rather than one particular group. These child well-being indicators span seven domains: Family and Social Environment, Economic Circumstances, Health Care, Physical Environment and Safety, Behavior, Education, and Health. The “Special Feature” in this edition concerns “The Kindergarten Year.”

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Synthesis of IES Research on Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education

Released in July 2013. The purpose of this synthesis is to describe what has been learned from research grants on early intervention and childhood education funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Research and National Center for Special Education Research and published in peer-reviewed outlets through June 2010. The report looks across the projects that IES funded to determine what has been learned and to suggest to the field avenues for further research to support improvements in early childhood education in our country.


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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