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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

  • Content

    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.

  • Project

    Election 2016: Options for Improving Higher Education

    Sep 25, 2016

    College debt in the United States has hit $1.2 trillion, and the burden of these loans has implications for borrowers, taxpayers, and policymakers alike. RAND research offers a number of solutions that may inform decisionmaking in the next administration.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Content

    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.

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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