Education Policy

Education policy includes laws as well as processes and policies that educational organizations, local districts, states, and nations put in place and follow to achieve academic goals. RAND analyses have informed education policy in the United States, United Kingdom, Qatar, and many other countries.

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    Commentary

    What's Next for REF?

    In 2014, the research of 154 UK universities was evaluated, accounting for the efforts of 52,061 academic staff members. For the first time, the impact that the research had on wider society was part of the assessment. As we approach the next assessment period, there is opportunity for discussion to tweak and refine future measures of impact.

    Jul 8, 2015

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    Report

    Comparing Higher Education Entrance Qualifications and Exams in Europe

    The EU considers higher education obliged to help improve the acquisition of skills necessary for economic growth. An analysis of admission systems across ten countries recommends ways to tackle the increasing demand for university education in an era of declining resources.

    May 7, 2015

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    RAND's Impact in the Middle East

    Provides an overview of RAND's impact in the Middle East in the areas of supporting youth, health and health care, education, energy and environment, labor market reform and private-sector development, capacity-building, and planning for the future.

    Apr 29, 2015

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    Commentary

    Investing in Kids Can Yield High Returns: Q&A with Dr. Lynn A. Karoly

    There is strong evidence of large potential economic returns to investing in high quality early childhood programs, but that doesn't mean that every program will generate equally large returns. Many programs likely have a “threshold” of quality and intensity that needs to be achieved in order to register positive returns.

    Apr 8, 2015

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    Commentary

    Three Cheers for Research Users Engaging in REF 2014

    In the UK, research outputs from universities are assessed every five years to determine future funding allocations from government. In 2014, for the first time, the Research Excellence Framework included an assessment of research impact. Research users played key roles throughout the process.

    Mar 31, 2015

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    Commentary

    REF 2014 Impact Submissions: Part of a Cultural Shift?

    The Research Excellence Framework (REF) has incentivized universities to be more focused on their contribution to society beyond academia. The inclusion of impact as a component of the REF is leading to a cultural shift in the academic sector.

    Mar 27, 2015

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    Commentary

    REF 2014 Shows That Research Impact Can Be Assessed

    For the first time anywhere, the UK has allocated funding to universities according to an assessment of research impact. An evaluation of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 process reveals that it worked, allowing different types of impacts drawn from a wide range of disciplines to be compared and scored.

    Mar 27, 2015

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    It Worked: REF 2014 Was Successful in Assessing Research Impacts

    RAND Europe's evaluations of the impact element of the UK's Research Excellence Framework 2014 show that researchers can describe the wider societal benefits of their research, and that these impacts can be assessed and compared.

    Mar 25, 2015

  • Research Brief

    Assessing impact submissions for REF 2014: An evaluation

    Research summary describing our evaluation of the assessment process for submissions to the impact element of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 by UK universities, to explore strengths, weaknesses and implications for future similar exercises.

    Mar 25, 2015

  • Research Brief

    Preparing impact submissions for REF 2014: An evaluation

    Research summary describing our evaluation of the preparation process for the new impact element of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 by UK universities, to assess the process and identify improvements.

    Mar 25, 2015

  • Report

    Assessing impact submissions for REF2014: An evaluation

    A review of the assessment process for the impact element of the REF 2014 within UK higher education institutions to assess the process and identify future improvements.

    Mar 25, 2015

  • Report

    Preparing impact submissions for REF 2014: An evaluation: Findings and observations

    As part of a review of the preparation process for the impact element of the REF 2014 within UK higher education institutions to assess the process and identify future improvements, this report summarises the approach and describes the key findings and observations.

    Mar 25, 2015

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    Preparing impact submissions for REF 2014: An evaluation: Approach and Evidence

    As part of a review of the preparation process for the impact element of the REF 2014 within UK higher education institutions to assess the process and identify future improvements, this report provides an in-depth analysis of the gathered data.

    Mar 25, 2015

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    Report

    Education, Technology and Connectedness: Global Societal Trends to 2030

    The spread of technology and its relationship to education will transform the education and power of citizens, forming a significant societal challenge for the European Union in the coming decades.

    Feb 12, 2015

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    Commentary

    Reauthorizing ESEA: What We Know and Where We Should Go with School Improvement

    Federal policy should ensure that school improvement is a priority, that schools adopt proven reforms that fit the school context, and that schools and their districts are held accountable when federal resources are used for school improvement.

    Feb 11, 2015

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    Commentary

    Reauthorizing ESEA: Four Recommendations to Improve Teaching Effectiveness

    Policies aimed at boosting teaching effectiveness are a key component of a strong ESEA reauthorization. Addressing discrepancies in teacher quality helps teachers improve, retains effective teachers, and makes the teaching profession an attractive option for those contemplating careers.

    Feb 3, 2015

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    Commentary

    Recommendations for ESEA Reauthorization That Support Innovation

    As lawmakers consider the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it is critical that in meeting their objectives they do not create unnecessary obstacles to the productive innovations being explored at schools, such as personalized learning.

    Jan 27, 2015

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    Commentary

    Reauthorizing ESEA: Four Recommendations to Make Testing Work

    Will Congress be able to reauthorize ESEA in 2015? Success will depend on legislators clearing several hurdles, such as decisions regarding teacher quality, school improvement, and charter schools. And at the center of the debate remains the issue of federal requirements for testing.

    Jan 21, 2015

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    Commentary

    A Plan for Measuring Hard-to-Measure, 'Soft' Skills

    Research increasingly suggests that “soft” skills are important for college and career success, as well as for promoting civic engagement. So far, these skills are largely unmeasured in schools. But new research may pave the way for change.

    Dec 10, 2014

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    What Makes a Successful Principal? Incorporating School Principal Background in State and District Policy

    Explores aspects of a potential principal's education and professional experience that states and school districts should look for and cultivate in candidates for the position of school principal.

    Nov 13, 2014