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California's sizeable achievement gaps in English-language arts and mathematics in second and third grades have early roots, with the same groups of children that lag in academic performance in elementary school trailing in measures of school readiness when they enter kindergarten.
Despite strong initial efforts to support the mental health needs of students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many schools have not been able to fulfill students' mental health needs over the long term.
Students in underperforming schools generally made statistically significant gains in math and reading after participating in supplemental educational services such as tutoring and remediation, according to a study conducted by the RAND Corporation for the U.S. Department of Education.
May 30, 2007 news release: New Research on Impact of No Child Left Behind Act Will Be Presented at Washington D.C. Conference.
April 19, 2007 news release: RAND Study Finds School Playgrounds and Athletic Facilities Are an Untapped Resource in Fight Against Childhood Obesity.
April 12, 2007 news release: RAND Study Finds Qatar Successfully Implements Redesign of Education System.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the RAND Corporation a $6 million grant to conduct a five-year study of the effectiveness of a technology-based mathematics curriculum created by Carnegie Learning, Inc., of Pittsburgh.
March 9, 2007 news release: RAND Study Says Greater Collaboration and Centralization of Functions Needed to Support Arts.
Un Estudio de RAND Concluye Que Carrera Magisterial Tiene Muy Poco Efecto Sobre el Aprovechamiento Escolar
February 6, 2007 News Release: RAND Study Finds Mexican Teacher Incentive Program Had Negligible Effect on Student Achievement.
February 1, 2007 news release: Study Finds Academic Gains Not Superior Among Philadelphia Students Enrolled in Privately Run Public Schools
November 29, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Says Many Louisiana Students Displaced by Hurricanes May Suffer Academically.
November 9, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Finds Most Schools Fail to Fully Adopt Reform Models Designed to Boost Student Achievement.
October 24, 2006 News Release: RAND Toolkit Identifies Programs for Long-Term Recovery Among Children Exposed to Significant Traumatic Events.
August 7, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Describes Strategies That Can Build Public and Governmental Support for State Arts Agencies.
July 12, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Breaks New Ground in Examining Pittsburgh Public Schools' Graduation Rates.
RAND news release: Los Angeles Residents Like Their Parks, but Are Most Likely to Use Those Close to Home
RAND Says Most Public Schools Managed by Edison Schools Match or Exceed Gains of Comparable Public Schools in 4 to 5 Years
RAND Study Finds Visual Arts Picture Isn't as Rosy as It First Appears
RAND Study Says Arts Policy Should Focus on
Building Individual Appreciation of the Arts