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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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"Nice job on this report. You really have gotten to a level of specificity in here that we haven't seen elsewhere. And interesting findings – especially the inferences you draw from linking inputs to outputs. (For example, that the four highest spenders on HR are among the "success cohort" in terms of student outcomes. That's as interesting to me as the other finding about SMOs that spent higher percentages on administration, generally, producing good outcomes.)"Andy Calkins, Senior Vice President, Mass Insight Education & Research Institute, Boston
"We found the report filled with useful information. Our board has asked me to re-review the report and identify the most critical benchmarks our organization should be measuring itself against."Ron Manderschied, Vice-Chair of the Board, Noble Network of Charter Schools, Chicago
"We got a number of 'aha's' from the report. We broke it down to our needs: revenue, governance, fees, academics. These 'aha's' opened our minds and eyes to things we might take a second look at, including looking at size and how to create sub-networks, and the economy of scale/quality of service issue. This economy of scale issue is critical to us, and this report is causing us to think about our organization and our strategies in new ways."Al Andino, VP for Strategic Partnerships, Institute for Student Achievement, New York
"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