• 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.


The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America's Urban Schools

The “irreplaceables” are teachers who are so successful they are nearly impossible to replace, but who too often vanish from schools as the result of neglect and inattention. Irreplaceables influence students for life, and their talents make them invaluable assets to their schools. The problem is, their schools don’t seem to know it. Although this report focuses on public school teachers, most of the concepts are equally applicable in private school settings.

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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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Technology Integration Frameworks for the K-12 Curriculum

Released March 2013. In the following report, Hanover Research outlines different approaches to integrating technology into the K?12 curriculum. The first section presents an overview of technology integration, including technology integration and 21st century learning and the effects of technology integration on student learning outcomes. The second section of the report introduces two theoretical frameworks for technology integration, TPACK and ISTE Essential Conditions. The final section describes three technology integration frameworks that may guide overall district implementation efforts: SAMR, TIM, and Technology Immersion.

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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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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.

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