Successfully scaling school management organizations for almost 20 years.


Civic, philanthropic, and education industry leaders turn to us.


Time-tested thought-leadership to shape the K-12 industry.

Welcome to Carter Research

The National Challenge and Importance of Transforming the Business of School Management

Education plays a key role in the economic growth of our nation.  No single curriculum or teaching methodology is the secret to success. Rather, what so many excellent schools have in common is excellent leadership, the great school cultures they create, and a commitment to continuous improvement across the enterprise.

It is the vision of Carter Research to radically transform the business of school management and improve educational environments for everyone.

Who We Are
What We Do
Whom We Serve

Completed projects in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and 11 countries overseas


Studied more than 8,500 schools including 1,200 site visits


Performed best-practice research on over 250 high-performing schools


To date our work has positively impacted over 6 million children worldwide

Why Our Partners Choose Us


Great laws and smart public policy are essential to having great schools at scale. We know what works, how to advocate for legislative change, and get results that improve the educational landscape for business and students alike.


Public, private, faith-based, and government schools in the U.S., U.K., E.U., and Africa have benefited by Carter Research insight into future learning trends and our ability to dramatically improve the lives of young people through it.


The difference between knowing and doing is everything. Great strategy has to overcome execution risk. We support all aspects of the educational enterprise to increase financial returns and improve academic outcomes for students.


Schools, foundations, investors, and governments that want to make an impact on the future of schooling benefit from our work and insight—partner with us to transform the art and science of teaching and learning forever.

How We Work

Customized consulting

Providing strategy, business planning, and implementation support.

Impact-focused evaluation

Conducting evaluations based upon our proprietary improvement methodology and quality assurance frameworks.

Best practices research

Applying field-proven practices and practical tools learned from education industry leaders to improve local effectiveness.

Advancing collective impact

Developing and supporting multi-partner initiatives to elevate the K-12 education industry and drive leadership growth and innovation.

Some of Our Past Clients