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For over three decades, RAND Education has applied its expertise to almost every aspect of the education system. RAND Education's staff includes more than 70 experts from a wide range of disciplines. Sponsors of our research include government agencies, foundations, and private-sector organizations.
Our mission is to bring accurate data and objective analysis to education policy. We are a division within RAND, a nonprofit institute that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.
RAND Helps Shape the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project's Final Report
At the heart of the effort to improve education is the need for accurate measurement; without reliable data generated by proven methods, it's impossible to tell what strategies hold the most promise for improving our schools. RAND Education researchers have contributed to the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which researches key issues in identifying effective teachers:
An accurate combined measure of teacher effectiveness would be the gold standard to capture and communicate information about the quality of educators. While the challenges to building such a measure are significant, research can help guide the way.
Using data from the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, researchers developed a model to compile data from multiple sources that could be used to make inferences about a teacher's impact on student achievement.
Random assignment of students to teachers is crucial in controlling for variables apart from teacher influence that may influence student achievement. This report captures the technical methods, findings, and implications of the MET project's random assignment study of teaching effectiveness measures.
Many factors contribute to a student's academic performance, but research suggests that, among school-related factors, teachers matter most. What's less clear is how to measure an individual teacher's effectiveness. A new RAND Education website features fact sheets, blog posts, research briefs, and more on this important issue.
RAND Education experts will present on teacher spillover effects and methods for calibrating teachers' self-assessment at the SREE Spring 2014 Conference in Washington, D.C., March 5-8.
Technology literacy plays an important role in a child's ability to succeed in school and later life. Incorporating technology into early childhood education help close the “digital divide” that separates low-income students and their more-advantaged peers.
Despite the central and growing role of digital technology for knowledge-based work, children in low-income families have relatively limited access to computer-based devices, software applications, and the Internet. “T” Is for Technology explores the potential for early childhood education to help narrow this digital divide.
There is no doubting the viability of STEM skills in the 21st century job market and the long-term benefits of going to college. But the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program could be promising for two reasons that have nothing to do with technology.
Assessing competencies such as creativity and global awareness can provide educators with a broader set of indicators they can use to inform instruction and set goals with students. However, evidence about the effects of testing suggests that caution and careful planning is warranted when developing a new assessment system.
The leadership of the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar sees education as the key to Qatar's economic and social progress. Long concerned that the country's education system was not meeting the needs of its society, the Qatari leadership approached the RAND Corporation in 2001, asking it to examine the kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) education system.