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.
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.
This downloadable brochure features RAND research on the arts, with links to each of the publications on the RAND web site.
This dissertation employs a large, nationally representative panel dataset and a propensity score matching technique to assess the impact of bully victimization and the success of intervention programs.
The Math Science Partnership of Southwest Pennsylvania has made progress toward its goals of increasing student math and science achievement, increasing the quality of the educator workforce, and creating sustainable partnerships.
Along with the growth of the charter school movement has come contentious debate about its effects on both charter students and those in nearby traditional public schools. This study helps determine why previous research has drawn differing conclusions through its examination of charter schools' effect on overall educational attainment.
This report recounts the development of Qatar's internationally benchmarked standards-based assessment system, providing important lessons learned for Qatar and other countries that are seeking to implement standards-based educational reforms.
Critically examines current efforts to reuse digital training content as a strategy to reduce the cost of its development, and provides recommendations regarding how the reuse option might be further encouraged.
Researchers evaluate Qatar's education finance system based on six main objectives: adequacy, efficiency, equity, accountability, transparency, and an appropriate balance between stability and responsiveness.
The first multi-dimensional effort to quantify the disparities faced by African-American and Latino boys and men in California across a broad spectrum of health and social factors provides a disquieting outlook for their lives.
Facing serious funding challenges, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh needs to explore new ways to secure adequate and stable funding, engage patrons and other stakeholders, and evaluate what services it offers.
The summary discusses some of the greatest socioeconomic, health, safety, and school readiness disparities for boys and men of color in California and reviews strategies to reduce disparities, including effective programs, practices, and policies.