RAND's research on pre-K, K-12, and higher education covers issues such as assessment and accountability, choice-based and standards-based school reform, vocational training, and the value of arts education and policy in sustaining communities and promoting a well-rounded community.
Many factors contribute to a student's academic performance, but research suggests that, among school-related factors, teachers matter most. What's less clear is how to measure an individual teacher's effectiveness. A new RAND Education website features fact sheets, blog posts, research briefs, and more on this important issue.
RAND Education experts will present on teacher spillover effects and methods for calibrating teachers' self-assessment at the SREE Spring 2014 Conference in Washington, D.C., March 5-8.
Ex-offenders do not have the knowledge and skills to support a successful return to their communities. Trying to reduce re-incarceration rates is partly why states devote resources to educating and training individuals while in prison. Lois Davis will present results from a comprehensive RAND study on the effectiveness of correctional education.
As the school year begins for children in Pittsburgh and throughout the nation, it's a good time for the rest of us to reflect on how to best support their success in school and in life. Our panelists will explore several aspects of students' experiences, inside and outside of the classroom.
RAND senior scientist John Pane will participate in a panel hosted by Carnegie Learning to discuss a large-scale randomized study of the blended learning algebra curriculum designed by Carnegie Learning, tracking the progress of more than 19,000 students in 147 schools in seven states.
Numerous RAND Education researchers will present at the American Educational Research Association 2013 Annual Meeting, in San Francisco, CA April 27 through May 1, 2013. The theme of this year's meeting is “Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis.”
RAND Education experts will present on technology curricula, measuring teacher effectiveness, and classroom observations at the SREE Spring 2013 Conference in Washington, D.C., March 7-9.
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) recognizes six innovative projects from around the world that are having a transformative impact on education.
To succeed in the 21st century, students need to be able to communicate, collaborate, and problem-solve with people beyond national boundaries. Director of RAND Education Darleen Opfer describes how teachers can teach 21st century skills, using nine lessons from the science of learning.
RAND's contributions to education research and analysis will be in the spotlight at the American Educational Research Association's yearly conference on April 13-17, 2012. RAND experts will present their work and AERA's Division L will give RAND its "Outstanding Policy Report" award for "A Big Apple for Educators."
This year's conference includes a presentation on "toxic stress" and its impact on early learning, social-emotional development and long-term health, and a discussion about creating a community system that supports the success of children from cradle to career.
Labor issues, healthcare, education, social programs, and other factors affecting economic development in Latin America were the focus of a two-day conference in Santiago, Chile. RAND researchers joined university colleagues, industry experts, government leaders, and policymakers in discussing a range of critical topics.
Inspiring collaboration and creative change in education is the focus of this international conference, which gathers more than 1,200 education and policy experts. The program features V. Darleen Opfer and Anna Saavedra of RAND Education discussing labor market demands in the 21st century as well as the role of social entrepreneurs in learning.
Join this discussion about the upcoming launch of the "Kindergarten Readiness in Santa Monica" initiative, a partnership between Connections for Children, the Santa Monica–Malibu Unified School District, and the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities.
In this June 2011 Congressional Briefing, RAND researchers discuss the growing body of creative works produced by Arab authors and artists that counter the intellectual and ideological underpinnings of violent extremism, factors that thwart the distribution of such works, and policy recommendations for overcoming those barriers.
John Deasy was recently voted by the Los Angeles Board of Education to be the next superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). He'll be the fifth superintendent in a decade entrusted with directing the nation's second-largest public school district.
Join RAND experts in learning about the effectiveness of performance-based accountability systems in five sectors—child care, education, health care, public health emergency preparedness, and transportation—and RAND's recommendations for improvement.
Policy analyst Jennifer McCombs and statistician Lou Mariano will discuss the findings of their evaluation of the New York City Department of Education's 5th-grade promotion policy.
The RAND Community Conference on Early Childhood Issues will present findings from the California Preschool Study. A panel of state and regional policymakers will lead a broader discussion of the implications of the economic downturn and its effects on public funds to support early childhood investments.
In a RAND Policy Circle presentation, education experts will discuss the key findings from research that examines the effects of standards-based accountability and pay-for-performance policies, as well as the roles federal and state governments and the private sector can play in setting standards and accountability policies.
RAND will host a panel discussion on No Child Left Behind (NCLB): What Do We Know, and What Does It Tell Us? on January 9. Panelists include John Deasy, Michelle Rhee, Laura Hamilton, Brian Stecher, and Georges Vernez.