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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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"Renaissance School Services has produced a highly valuable analysis of the economics of both for-profit and non-profit school management organizations."Thomas Toch, co-director, Education Sector, Washington
"The conclusions were interesting and provocative. The connection between cost per pupil and achievement was extremely timely and we are in the middle of a review of that. We want to move our students faster. This will help. Also useful are the implications around philanthropy and growth and performance...it's been really helpful to have this as part of our strategic planning, especially the link between investment and student outcomes."Lucretia Murphy, Executive Director, See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools, Washington
"The results of this study make clear that the division between not-for-profit and for-profit management organizations is a canard. Superintendents, school boards, and mayors looking to engage outside partners to move their schools forward need to read this study before acting."Margaret Harrington, Chief Operating Officer, Victory Schools, New York
"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)