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.
The Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act funds programs that curb crime among juvenile probationers and young at-risk offenders. This report summarizes, for fiscal year 2007-2008, state- and county-determined outcome measures from each program.
This report notes the amount of federal research and development funding provided to U.S. colleges and universities by fiscal year and agency, then describes characteristics of academic institutions that have shown a greater propensity to patent.
Perceptions Audit for General Teaching Council for England (GTC) to take the temperature on its current status and to inform its future work with teachers, organisational partners and the wider public.
As Qatar reformed its education system from 2005 to 2007, teachers at new independent schools worked together to develop curricular contents that addressed new international curriculum standards in key subjects, applied significantly more student-centered teaching methods and provided more challenging learning environments.
In this summary of the efforts to reform Qatar University, the authors describe the motivation for reform, the design of the reform agenda, and the early stages of the implementation effort, with an eye toward identifying the challenges that remain.
Effective counterinsurgency is dependent on understanding the local population. A survey of those living in Iraq's Anbar Province (once one of the country's most violent areas), reveals both the many improvements that have occurred, as well as the extent to which these Iraqis have suffered from the effects of war.
The New York City Department of Education's test-based promotion and retention policy, which identifies and provides support for struggling students, has demonstrated positive effects for student achievement in fifth grade that continue into seventh grade.
Many analysts have examined the media that violent extremists use to communicate their core messages. Far less research, however, has been devoted to the growing body of creative works produced by Arab authors and artists that counter the intellectual and ideological underpinnings of violent extremism.
Evaluates the long-term impacts of AmeriCorps service on participants, particularly in the areas of civic engagement, future volunteerism, appreciation of diversity, and a number of other job and life skills.
This report, one in a series on the New York City Department of Education 5th-grade promotion policy, identifies lessons learned about policy design and implementation from top-level administrators in states and districts with similar policies.
This report, one in a series documenting RAND's evaluation of the New York City Department of Education 5th-grade promotion policy, identifies and reviews the relevant literature on grade retention.
Describes the application of a technique for setting standards on the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a measure of how much students' critical thinking improves after attending college or university.
The RAND Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition recently hosted a workshop that gave analysts and policymakers from many countries a collaborative opportunity to explore new methods and tools that can help improve long-term decisionmaking.
Develops and tests an approach to program-level assessment of interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) courses that identifies strengths and deficiencies in technical, production quality, and pedagogical aspects of IMI courseware.
Examines the financial benefits that taxpayers realize -- from increases in tax revenues and decreases in spending on social support programs and correctional facilities -- as a result of increases in students' educational attainment.
This report discussed concerns that the future of the UK's world class research base might be threatened by the decline in modern language learning and calls for a series of measures by Universities and Government bodies to address this danger.
Exposure to community and interpersonal violence is a public health crisis affecting many children in the U.S., causing mental health and behavioral problems, substance abuse, and poor school performance. The SSET program is a series of ten lessons that aims to reduce distress resulting from exposure to trauma.
RAND Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation, is dedicated to improving education policy and decisionmaking worldwide through state-of-the-art research and analysis. This brochure provides an introduction to the unit, its work, and its people.
To achieve Excellence for All, researchers recommend that Pittsburgh Public Schools give teachers flexibility and time with coaches, reduce reporting requirements, improve communication, and use needs assessments to create action plans.
In an era of fiscal crisis, California can still improve access and quality in its early childhood education system through low-cost improvements, such as adopting efficiencies and better use of existing resources. Such measures will also allow the system to lay the foundation for greater improvements in the future when more resources are available.