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Helping make educational policies, programs, and practices more effective for all

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.

Our Work

  • Report

    One-Stop Social Services Efforts May Improve Community College Outcomes

    Nov 30, 2016

    Students participating in programs that provide a comprehensive range of support services are more likely to persist in attending community college.

  • Report

    Delaware Stars for Early Success: Final Report

    Nov 7, 2016

    Based on findings from an evaluation of Delaware's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early care and education programs, RAND provided recommendations for state decisionmakers, including considering further refinements to the rating structure, strengthening quality improvement supports, and enhancing administrative data systems.

  • Commentary

    Why Being a Migrant Is Not the Biggest Barrier to Education in Europe

    Oct 31, 2016

    Migrant children tend to have lower educational performance and are more likely to leave school early than native children. However, other factors can explain the differences, such as language barriers, socioeconomic disadvantages, or a lack of parental engagement with the child's education.

  • Commentary

    What's Behind Record High School Graduation Rates?

    Oct 21, 2016

    Graduation rates among U.S. high schoolers have risen for the fourth straight year. Which reforms are making a difference? And who, or what, should get credit?

  • Report

    Louisiana Teachers Think About and Implement State Standards

    Oct 13, 2016

    State education leaders' efforts to align instruction with standards appear to be making a difference. Louisiana teachers regularly consult classroom resources that address state standards, and are teaching in ways that differ from the norms in other states.

  • Commentary

    Free School Meals Are Still the Best Measure of Deprivation

    Sep 26, 2016

    Free school meal eligibility is not a perfect measure of student disadvantage, but it's the best there is. Other measures, such as parental education or neighborhood deprivation have also been used, but they are not as good at determining which schools are most in need.

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 shcools, 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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RAND Education researchers draw on deep analytical expertise to deliver findings and recommendations that inform policy decisions. Meet the team »

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