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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.

Our Work

  • Commentary

    Students Shouldn't Lose Sleep Over the Liberty Bridge Fire

    Sep 21, 2016

    The fire and resulting closure of the Liberty Bridge is forcing some Pittsburgh high school students to sacrifice sleep to meet a new 7:11 a.m. start time. Sleep loss has consequences for adolescents' minds, bodies, behavior, and for public safety.

  • Report

    Evaluation of the Emergency Education Response for Syrian Refugee Children and Host Communities in Jordan

    Sep 19, 2016

    The Education Response Programme (EER) has successfully provided access to public education for 130,000 Syrian children, but at least 97,000 remain out of school. An evaluation of EER recommends expanding public education, improving double-shift schools, and targeting gendered challenges.

  • Research Brief

    Kids Who Attend More Benefit More: Voluntary Summer Learning Programs

    Sep 7, 2016

    Findings from a study of more than 3,000 4th graders suggest that high attenders of summer learning programs benefited in mathematics and language arts achievement. In addition to offering evidence on effectiveness, the study also provides guidance to practitioners on how to increase the benefits of summer learning programs.

  • Report

    Summer Learning Programs Benefit Low-Income Urban Students

    Sep 7, 2016

    Low-income students lose ground in the summer relative to their wealthier peers. High-quality voluntary summer learning programs can help disadvantaged students catch up and succeed in school, but consistent attendance is crucial.

  • Commentary

    College Education No Panacea for Worker Inequality Woes

    Aug 31, 2016

    The earnings gap between high school and college graduates has grown with each generation, but even a college degree does not ensure a good income. Just as the nature of jobs for high school graduates has been changing due to consolidation, trade, and technology, the quality of employment for college graduates is beginning to shift.

  • Commentary

    Getting Technical: Preparing High School Students for the Workforce America Needs

    Aug 25, 2016

    Fields such as computers, engineering, and health care are expected to grow. Employers and policymakers have a vested interest in ensuring that America's high schoolers are ready to meet future employment needs. Access to high-quality career and technical education programs is key.

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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