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From the RAND Blog

  • Improving School Leadership: What Works

    There is evidence that having strong school leaders is instrumental for improving the quality of teaching. But resource constraints and pressure to spend money directly on students have left interventions focused on principals largely overlooked. However, the new Every Student Succeeds Act may be changing the script.

  • Teachers and Teaching


    Retirement Benefits and Teacher Retention

    May 2, 2016

    There is little capacity to predict how recent pension reforms and changes to teacher compensation will affect teacher turnover and teacher experience mix—and in turn—potentially impact the cost and efficacy of the public education system. Research using a structural modeling approach may begin to fill that gap.

  • Refugees


    Solutions for Educating Young Syrian Refugees

    Apr 21, 2016

    Approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees are school-age children, and it's estimated that 700,000 of them have not attended formal school for several years. How can the U.N., host governments, and NGOs address hurdles like school space, language, and staffing to prepare Syrian children for their futures?

  • Standards-Based Education Reform


    How Are Teachers Perceiving and Addressing State Standards?

    Apr 18, 2016

    A high percentage of mathematics teachers report using instructional materials with some demonstrated evidence of alignment to Common Core State Standards. However, there is less evidence that state standards are playing a role in the materials English language arts teachers use.

  • Education Reform


    The High Stakes of 'Soft Skills'

    Apr 7, 2016

    With the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Congress is broadening what it considers success when it comes to judging school quality. One potential new indicator being discussed in some states is social and emotional learning, which has been linked to success later in life.

  • Preschool


    High-Quality, Full-Scale Preschool Programs Boost School Readiness and Produce Sustained Benefits

    Mar 11, 2016

    The investment in high-quality preschool may be paid back through improved outcomes during the school-age years and beyond. In addition to school readiness, they produce long-term benefits like lower rates of special education use, reduced grade repetition, and higher high school graduation rates.

  • Employment and Unemployment


    Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

    Mar 9, 2016

    In the first of five reports on the Appalachia Partnership Initiative, researchers examine the need to balance STEM labor market employer demands with the skills of the workforce in the Appalachian region—where the economy is changing rapidly.

  • STEM Education


    The Appalachia Partnership Initiative

    Mar 9, 2016

    The Appalachia Partnership Initiative seeks to build sustainable STEM education and technical training programs in the Greater Pittsburgh area, ultimately helping to develop a skilled workforce ready for careers in energy and manufacturing.

  • Students


    Technology Is Only Part of Personalized Learning

    Mar 4, 2016

    Personalized learning is one of the most promising innovations in K-12 education, but implementing this concept means much more than just using technology in the classroom. Recent findings shed light on the many ways that schools are adopting personalized learning—and the positive performance outcomes that result.