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RAND Education has applied its expertise to almost every aspect of the education system for more than three decades. Our staff includes more than 70 experts from a wide range of disciplines. Our research sponsors include government agencies, foundations, and private-sector organizations.

  • Employment and Unemployment

    Blog

    If You Want Ex-Cons to Be 'Productive Members of Society,' Ban the Box

    Sep 5, 2014

    When an inmate is released, you often hear Americans say that he's “paid his debt” and can now become “a productive member of society.” But the reality is ex-cons pay for their crimes long after sentences end. On the outside, the stigma of incarceration makes it extremely difficult to land a job.

  • Parenting

    Blog

    Germs Go Back to School, Too: Five Ways to Protect Your Kids

    Aug 25, 2014

    With kids working and playing in close contact and sharing supplies and equipment, schools can be hotbeds for infection. Each year, K-12 students miss about 60 million school days due to colds and the flu combined. But these five approaches can help reduce their chance of spreading infections and getting sick.

  • Teacher Effectiveness

    Blog

    Flexibility Is Key in Administration's Call for Teacher Equity Plans

    Aug 22, 2014

    Thirteen years of research have clarified that metrics like teacher experience and licensure reveal little about teachers' impact on student learning. The focus should be on disadvantaged students' access to effective teachers.

  • Education Curriculum

    Report

    Examining Competency-Based Education

    Aug 4, 2014

    Competency-based education meets students where they are academically, provides opportunities for choice, and awards students credit for evidence of learning, not time spent studying a subject. Researchers identify lessons for policy, partnerships, and practice regarding this approach.

  • Immigrants and Emigrants

    Blog

    With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

    Jul 14, 2014

    Between 70,000 and 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end. Lost in an intensifying debate over U.S. immigration policy is the possibility that this wave will spill from shelters to schools. To best respond to this reality, policymakers and educators should consider what research says about educating migrant children.

  • Childhood Trauma

    Project

    Treatment Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools

    Jun 16, 2014

    In partnership with UCLA, USC, and the Los Angeles School District, RAND researchers are providing information, national training, and technical assistance to schools on the delivery of evidence-based strategies to support students exposed to violence or trauma. This resource provides online training and implementation support for trauma-focused interventions that can make a difference.

  • Preschool

    Project

    Innovative Preschool Academy Project

    Jun 13, 2014

    RAND is helping bring evidence-based practice into Hopkins House's Innovative Preschool Academy (IPA), an early childhood education center located in Northern Virginia.

  • Educational Equity

    Blog

    Narrowing the Income Achievement Gap

    Jun 12, 2014

    The achievement gap between children from the highest- and lowest-income families has substantially grown since 1960. The income achievement gap is now about twice the size of the black-white achievement gap.