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Research

RSS conducts two different types of research: commissioned research and syndicated research. RSS also participates in the research of others.


  Commisioned Research
RSS has produced commissioned research with NewSchools Venture Fund and Mass Insight Education & Research Institute on charter management organizations and school turnaround efforts.

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  Syndicated Research
In addition, RSS conducts proprietary research projects with a variety of partners on a per project basis.

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  2009 Annual Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of Schools
RSS's 2nd annual report – the 2009 Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of Schools – includes participants Beginning with Children, Education for Change, First Line Schools, IDEA Public Schools, Noble Network of Schools, Propel Schools, and Victory Schools. More than 100 tables and charts are included.

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  2008 Annual Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of Schools
RSS produced its 1st Annual Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of Schools based on FY08 data in November, 2008. That report analyzed the operating, financial, and academic performance of ten SMOs, including Green Dot, Victory Schools, National Heritage Academies, and others, and created industry benchmarks in over 50 different metrics.

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  Other Research
A new report on issues in CMO (Charter Management Organization) finance was released by the National Charter School Research Project based on a symposium convened by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center of Reinventing Public Education (CRPE).

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"I read it with rapt attention. We're in our budget process now and this report will help us answer questions like: How do we make resource allocation decisions? Are these costs reasonable? What can we learn from others who are delivering results, yet more efficiently? It has been very helpful internally to measure and benchmark our central office expense. As we reflect on how we're structured and our economic drivers, this is helpful."Tom Torkelson, CEO, IDEA Public Schools, Texas
"This was a really tricky task and I applaud the work that was done. The report has opened up our thinking by asking 'Where do other organizations place some of these responsibilities? What would it look like if we moved certain things from one place to another? I was skeptical that you could do a valid comparison, and I am very impressed with fact that you did. In sum, the report is pretty expansive and comprehensive."Kay McElrath, Chief Financial Officer, High Tech High, San Diego
"The report was very well structured and captured in detail the operations of our organization and the key drivers of cost. It would become an even more powerful benchmarking tool if more organizations joined the study so we could have a more representative sample of organizations to compare ourselves from each State."Marco Petruzzi, President and Chief Operating Officer, Green Dot Public Schools, Los Angeles
"This study better educates the public, more specifically foundations, public school districts, and elected officials, on the various educational and management practices used by charter schools. As a result, these types of studies help further strengthen the charter school movement by promoting these entrepreneurial and diverse practices of a pool of successful national charter school operators."Juan Rangel, CEO, United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) and President, UNO Charter School Network (UCSN)