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  • Commentary

    Is College Worth the Expense? Yes, It Is

    May 22, 2017

    Many American students struggle with the soaring cost of higher education. And for many college students, debt can have severe negative implications. But on balance, the benefits of a college degree appear to outweigh the costs.

  • Commentary

    Going Forward, Looking Back: Lessons from School Improvement Grants

    May 10, 2017

    The Every Student Succeeds Act takes effect this fall, returning significant power to states and local districts to set goals and prescribe strategies to lift achievement. As schools finalize their plans under the new law, they can learn from the shortcomings of School Improvement Grants.

  • Commentary

    Giving State Educators What They Need to Stand Apart—and Together

    Apr 4, 2017

    States have an opportunity to provide better instructional materials to teachers hungry for more resources aligned with state standards. By focusing on what they agree students should learn, states could work together to build curricula and shore up other key supports.

  • Report

    Use of Open Educational Resources in an Era of Common Standards

    Mar 27, 2017

    EngageNY Curricula is commonly used in New York—in part due to educators' desire to help students meet state standards. Survey data shows EngageNY gives students more opportunities to engage in standards-aligned practices compared with other materials.

  • Commentary

    The Urgent Need for an Education Plan in Mosul

    Mar 27, 2017

    In addition to restoring Mosul's damaged infrastructure, efforts to stabilize the city must include a plan to rebuild education. Students need to make up years of missed K-12 and university education, and ISIS indoctrination needs to be undone.

  • Report

    Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Appalachia

    Mar 22, 2017

    The latest annual report from the Appalachia Partnership Initiative examines the STEM labor market in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia—and gathers insight into what counties could have greater demand for educating or employing local talent.

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Research Priorities

  • Early Childhood Education

    The years before a child begins school are critical to future learning. RAND experts examine program costs, how they are implemented, and outcomes.

  • K-12 Accountability and Assessments

    RAND Education rigorously evaluates educations programs and assessments to determine how they affect schools, students, and teachers.

  • Post-secondary Education & Workforce Development

    Preparing students for the workforce—whether through college or on-the-job training—is central to both the educational system and to economic development.

  • K-12 Educator Effectiveness

    How do teachers impact students? RAND Education takes an objective, scientific approach to the complex task of measuring teacher effectiveness.

  • K-12 Instructional Technology

    Technology is a potentially powerful educational tool, but how it's distributed and implemented determines its impact in the classroom and beyond.

  • Out-of-school Time

    From the length of the school day to summer break, RAND research explores how time spent outside of the classroom impacts students and learning outcomes.

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