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Education reform comprises any planned changes in the way a school or school system functions, from teaching methodologies to administrative processes. RAND evaluates school reform models and conducts case-study analyses of individual schools and school systems to identify areas of improvement and highlight best practices and effective reform efforts.

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    Report

    New Assessments, Better Instruction?

    Sep 3, 2013

    The role of tests will be enhanced by policies that ensure that they mirror high-quality instruction, are part of a larger, systemic change effort, and are accompanied by specific supports for teachers.

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    Strategic Priorities for Improving Access to Quality Education in the Kurdistan Region — Iraq: Kurdish-language version

    Describes the strategic priorities and recommendations RAND arrived at by assessing the status of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq's in-process reform of its K-12 education system.

    Apr 23, 2014

  • Research Brief

    Can New Tests Lead to Better Teaching and Deeper Learning?

    Summarizes how testing of K-12 students affects teaching practice, and identifies characteristics of assessment systems that can promote deeper-learning skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving.

    Feb 28, 2014

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    How to Assess 21st Century Competencies: 12 Key Lessons

    Assessing competencies such as creativity and global awareness can provide educators with a broader set of indicators they can use to inform instruction and set goals with students. However, evidence about the effects of testing suggests that caution and careful planning is warranted when developing a new assessment system.

    Feb 18, 2014

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    Project

    Evaluating the Impact of Access to Private Comprehensive Schooling in Mexico

    One promising avenue for delivering high-quality services to poor populations in developing countries is through subsidized private schools. RAND is investigating the impact and cost-effectiveness of a privately provided, affordable comprehensive schooling model for poor families in Mexico City.

    Nov 4, 2013

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    Measuring 21st Century Competencies: Guidance for Educators

    How do teachers assess things like creativity and collaboration, or cross-cultural skills? Our new report, Measuring 21st Century Competencies, focuses on just that question. The report grew out of the Global Cities Education Network, which is comprised of urban school systems working together on overcoming common education challenges. The participating cities are Denver, Hong Kong, Houston, Lexington, Melbourne, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Toronto.

    Nov 1, 2013

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    RAND's Teacher Bonus Research Recognized by U.S. Dept. of Education

    The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences recognized a RAND report on the effects of teacher bonuses in New York City public schools last week. IES added the report, A Big Apple for Educators, to its What Works Clearinghouse™.

    Sep 24, 2013

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    Solution

    Guiding Education Reform in Qatar

    Qatar's leadership asked RAND to examine the country's K-12 school system and provide options for improvement. Researchers collected and analyzed information by observing schools, government ministries, and other workplaces; conducting interviews; and analyzing relevant documents.

    Sep 20, 2013

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    Making Colleges More Affordable

    President Obama has released a plan to make colleges more affordable for the middle class. The plan calls for linking federal student aid to college performance, capping student loans at 10% of income, and incentivizing innovative instructional approaches to cut costs and improve quality.

    Aug 26, 2013

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    Evaluating the Effectiveness of Teacher Pay-for-Performance

    RAND's substantial body of work on teacher pay-for-performance provides policymakers with a strong evidence base on the design, implementation, and potential results of pay-for-performance programs.

    Aug 1, 2013

  • Research Brief

    Linking Funding and Quality to Improve Higher Education in India

    RAND researchers developed a course of action to help India implement policies and reforms that link higher education quality to funding to increase accountability, encourage greater innovation, and contribute to national goals.

    Jul 23, 2013

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    Report

    Linking Funding and Quality to Improve Higher Education in India

    India's higher education system faces challenges from underprepared faculty, unwieldy governance, and other obstacles to innovation and improvement. Instituting policies that link funding to quality could hold schools accountable for their performance, encourage greater innovation, and further the nation's education goals.

    Jul 23, 2013

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    India's Rapidly Expanding Higher Education System Could Be Improved by Linking Education Quality to Funding

    India's higher education system faces challenges from underprepared faculty, unwieldy governance, and other obstacles to innovation and improvement. Instituting policies that link funding to quality could hold schools accountable for their performance, encourage greater innovation, and further the nation's education goals.

    Jul 23, 2013

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    Blog

    Transforming Schools by Developing 21st Century Skills

    If students are to learn the skills they need to succeed in tomorrow's competitive world, educators may need to rethink yesterday's teaching practices. That's the rationale behind teaching 21st century skills, which include high-order abilities like teamwork and critical thinking.

    Jul 18, 2013

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    Blog

    The Limits of Career and Technical Education in Improving Math Achievement Among High School Students

    Students who had taken occupationally focused career and technical education (CTE) courses in addition to their regular academic courses had similar learning gains to those who had only taken academic courses: an academic curriculum that includes CTE courses neither bolstered nor curtailed the acquisition of math skills.

    Jun 19, 2013

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    Event

    American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2013 Annual Meeting

    RAND Education researchers will present at the American Educational Research Association 2013 Annual Meeting, in San Francisco, CA April 27 through May 1, 2013.

    Apr 27, 2013

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    Blog

    What Do We Know About Charter Schools? Moving Beyond the Talking Points

    Since their inception in 1992, charter schools have been a lightning rod for controversy in the education policy world. Research highlights the importance of moving beyond test scores and broadening the scope of measures that evaluate success in order to fully assess the performance of charter schools.

    Apr 4, 2013

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    For Arab Children, Collected Works Offer Roads to Tolerance and Critical Thinking

    In the Arab world, children outnumber adults, are more likely than their parents to be literate, and are more likely to be accepting of new ideas. A review of books and other media targeted toward them discovers works that promote tolerance, coexistence, and respect for the "other."

    Feb 5, 2013

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    Blog

    Taking Stock on the Anniversary of 'No Child Left Behind'

    While "No Child Left Behind" aims to improve schools, Congress can improve the law. Flexibility and capacity are crucial, particularly for struggling schools, writes Brian Stecher.

    Jan 10, 2013

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    Blog

    Five Ways to Improve 'No Child Left Behind'

    The bill's eleventh anniversary presents an opportunity to consider what the evidence tells us about how to make NCLB more effective.

    Jan 8, 2013