• 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.

Effective Practices

Implementing Middle School Block Scheduling and Team Teaching

Released November 2012. In the following report, Hanover Research summarizes best practices for implementing a block schedule at the middle school level. To begin, this report discusses the basic tenets of block scheduling and identifies several different block scheduling models. Following this, the report briefly covers several issues related to student instruction and curriculum associated with block scheduling, as well as issues related to the implementation of block scheduling. The report concludes with a discussion of teacher teaming, a practice which has been recommended by a number of educators, researchers, and experts.

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Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program

Released October 2012. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed these voluntary guidelines to assist states in establishing and implementing environmental health programs for K-12 schools in accordance with the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007. In carrying out this statutory mandate, EPA, along with its federal partners, developed these guidelines to help states establish the infrastructure needed to support schools in implementing school environmental health programs. The practices recommended within these guidelines can also be applied, with appropriate adaptation, to a wide range of school-related institutions, including child care and early learning centers.

Security Checklist

Facilities Security Checklist

This short checklist is designed to help you enhance security on your school's campus facilities, both external and internal building areas. The list is meant only as a launching point to fully develop your risk management plans for your specific facilities.

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An Overview of NAEP in Your Private School, 2011

NAEP has consistently demonstrated how the performance of students in private schools compares positively to that of students in public schools and the rest of the nation. Without the participation of private schools in NAEP, any report of trends in student achievement at the elementary, middle, and high school levels would be incomplete. More than 1,600 private schools will be selected to participate in the NAEP 2011 assessment. NAEP will be administered between January 24 and March 4, 2011, to a sample of fourth-grade students in mathematics and reading, and eighth-grade students in mathematics, reading, and science. Individual students within sessions will be assessed in mathematics, reading, or science. A small number of students in some schools will be assessed in a computer-based writing assessment for eighth- and twelfth-graders. In addition, NAEP will select an oversample of private schools for 2011 to produce reportable results in mathematics and reading at grades 4 and 8 for four groups: Catholic, Lutheran, Conservative Christian, and Other Private schools.


Provisions Related to Children With Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools

Released March 2011. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires each state to ensure that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all eligible children with disabilities residing in that state. The information in this booklet explains the provisions related to, and benefits available to, children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private schools, including religious schools, when the provision of FAPE is not at issue. In IDEA, these children are often referred to as “parentally placed private school children” with disabilities, and the benefits available to them differ from the benefits for children with disabilities in public schools.

Charter Private School Enrollment

Do Charter Schools Crowd Out Private School Enrollment? Evidence from Michigan

Released September 2010, revised February 2011. Though there have been numerous studies on the effects of charter schools, these have mostly been confined to analyzing their effects on student achievement, student demographic composition, parental satisfaction, and the competitive effects on regular public schools. This study departs from the existing literature by investigating the effect of charter schools on enrollment in private schools. To investigate this issue empirically, we focus on the state of Michigan, where there was a significant spread of charter schools in the 1990s. Using data on private school enrollment from biennial National Center for Education Statistics private school surveys, and using a fixed-effects as well as instrumental-variables strategy that exploits exogenous variation from Michigan charter law, we investigate the effect of charter school penetration on private school enrollment. We find robust evidence of a decline in enrollment in private schools—but the effect is only modest in size.

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