RAND Education News Archive 2007

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    NCLB Accountability Systems in Place, But Act's Promises Remain Uncertain

    Nov 19, 2007

    After five years of effort, states have implemented most of the test-based accountability requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, and now must focus their efforts on improving poor-performing schools that have been identified.

  • Research Brief

    A New System for K-12 Education in Qatar (Arabic version)

    Oct 31, 2007

    RAND participated in Phase I of Qatar's K-12 reform initiative, Education for a New Era, an effort to build a world-class standards- and choice-based education system.

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    Design and Implementation of K-12 Education Reform in Qatar

    Oct 29, 2007

    The leadership of Qatar asked RAND to examine Qatar’s K-12 education system, to recommend options for building a world-class system, and, subsequently, to develop the chosen option and support its implementation.

  • Report

    Value-Added Assessment in Practice

    Oct 14, 2007

    To encourage and facilitate data-driven decisionmaking, many states and districts have begun providing staff with information from value-added assessment systems—collections of complex statistical techniques that use multiple years of test-score data to estimate the causal effects of individual schools or teachers on student learning.

  • Research Brief

    Evaluating Teacher Quality Under No Child Left Behind

    Sep 18, 2007

    Researchers find that most teachers are highly qualified under No Child Left Behind requirements, but that teachers who are less qualified are more prevalent in traditionally disadvantaged schools.

  • Report

    Measuring Student Achievement Over Time

    Sep 4, 2007

    Longitudinal data tracking repeated measurements on individuals are highly valued for research because they offer controls for unmeasured individual heterogeneity that might otherwise bias results.

  • Report

    Assessing Teacher Quality Under No Child Left Behind

    Aug 30, 2007

    A central goal of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is to ensure that every child is taught by a highly qualified teacher. Most teachers meet their states requirements, but it is uncertain if some states' standards are sufficiently high.

  • Report

    What Do We Know About Vouchers and Charter Schools?

    Aug 16, 2007

    Vouchers and charter schools are two of the most prominent and far-reaching forms of family-choice policies currently in evidence in the nation's schools. An updated version of the report Rhetoric Versus Reality takes a detailed look at what is known about the effects of school choice.

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    Students Benefit from Supplemental Education Under No Child Left Behind

    Jun 27, 2007

    Students in underperforming schools generally made statistically significant gains in math and reading after participating in supplemental educational services such as tutoring and remediation.

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    Standards-Based Accountability Under No Child Left Behind

    May 23, 2007

    How are educators responding to the standards-based accountability provisions in the No Child Left Behind (NLCB) Act? A review of three states representing different approaches, regions, and student populations helps answers this question.

  • Report

    A Vision for the Arts in Los Angeles

    May 14, 2007

    The arts in L.A. are booming. But the city, major players, the public, and the arts sector lack a shared vision for realizing its full potential. On October 5, 2006, RAND hosted a Policy Forum to guide strategic thinking about the future of the arts in Los Angeles.

  • Research Brief

    A New System for K-12 Education in Qatar

    May 8, 2007

    RAND participated in Phase I of Qatar's K-12 reform initiative, Education for a New Era, an effort to build a world-class standards- and choice-based education system.

  • Report

    Qatar Successfully Implements Redesign of Education System

    Apr 12, 2007

    In only a few years, the State of Qatar has successfully implemented a bold redesign of its K-12 education system, incorporating school autonomy, variety in curriculum, parental choice and accountability measures.

  • Report

    Greater Collaboration and Centralization of Functions Needed to Support Arts

    Mar 9, 2007

    The arts sector in Philadelphia and other big cities would benefit greatly from a strong local agency to coordinate cultural activities and help make arts an integral part of each community.

  • Report

    Academic Gains Not Superior for Students at Privately Run Public Schools

    Feb 1, 2007

    Academic improvement among students attending Philadelphia public schools managed by private operators kept pace, but did not exceed, the achievement gains of students in the rest of the district in the past four years.