Syndicated Research

In addition, RSS conducts proprietary syndicated research projects with a variety of partners on a per project basis.  In our 1st annual report – the 2008 Survey & Analysis of School Management Organizations, we partnered with ten SMOs (School Management Organizations), including Green Dot Public Schools, National Heritage Academies, Victory Schools, UNO Charter Schools, High Tech High, and IDEA Public Schools, among others, to produce the first industry-wide analysis of the costs of managing networks of schools. 

Our 2009 Annual Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of Schools, our 2nd annual report on SMOs, is also available.  Please click on the links below for more information:

2009 Annual Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of Schools
The 2009 Annual Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of Schools, published in May 2010, contains over 100 tables and charts analyzing the operational, academic, and financial performance of seven SMOs.

2008 Annual Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of Schools
In the 2008 Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of Schools, RSS analyzed the financial and operating structure of ten SMO-managed networks, including four EMOs and six CMOs.

"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 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)