Educational Program Evaluation


RAND rigorously evaluates all kinds of educational programs by performing cost-benefit analyses, measuring effects on student learning, and providing recommendations to help improve program design and implementation. Our portfolio of educational program evaluations includes studies of early childhood education, summer and after-school programs, educator pay-for-performance, programs intended to reduce educational disparities, and choice- and standards-based reforms.

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    Principals Express Satisfaction with Teach For America Teachers

    Sep 24, 2015

    A majority of school principals are satisfied with teachers provided to their campuses through the Teach For America (TFA) program. Principals with more experience rated TFA corps members more highly. Principals who are TFA alumni, along with those at charter schools, were similarly satisfied overall but rated corps members' abilities lower in specific areas.

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    Exploring New Approaches to Higher Education: The Expansion of Competency-Based Programs

    Sep 29, 2015

    Policymakers and educators must determine if the risks of maintaining the status quo outweigh the potential benefits of competency-based programs, especially for those students who are ill-served by the traditional higher education model.

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