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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.

"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
"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
"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