Education Issues

This page offers an easy way for policymakers to access education research and analysis that is relevant to current Congressional agendas. For additional information, to request documents, or to arrange a briefing, contact the RAND Office of Congressional Relations at ocr@rand.org or (703) 413-1100 x5643.

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    Commentary

    Commit Now to Get Summer Programming Right

    Apr 15, 2021

    Summer programs, when targeted to needs, intentionally designed, and well-attended, produce positive outcomes for children in math and reading. But they need federal support, and require early planning to make them worthwhile.

  • Blog

    Trust in the CDC, Teaching Students with Disabilities, Russian Mercenaries: RAND Weekly Recap

    Apr 9, 2021

    This weekly recap focuses declining trust in the CDC, insights from educators about teaching students with disabilities, Russian mercenaries, and more.

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    Commentary

    Who Can Effectively Champion the Vax?

    Apr 9, 2021

    Vaccine hesitancy appears to be one more hurdle in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC would typically lead a campaign to overcome it, but Americans' trust in the CDC has declined measurably. Health care professionals may be more effective messengers when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines.

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    Report

    How Are Teachers Educating Students with Disabilities During the Pandemic?

    Apr 8, 2021

    Remote and hybrid learning can present particular challenges to students with disabilities (SWD) and their teachers. Nearly two in five teachers said that their schools offered alternative instructional arrangements for SWD during the pandemic, but this was less common in majority non-White and high-poverty schools.

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    Commentary

    What Factors Affecting Retention Matter Most to Teachers?

    Apr 5, 2021

    Maintaining an adequate supply of teachers is a challenge and an area of significant concern. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, a set of interventions developed to target the preferences and expectations of specific groups of teachers is likely to be most effective.

  • Blog

    Supporting Asian Americans, U.S. Gun Policy, Climate Migrants: RAND Weekly Recap

    Mar 26, 2021

    This weekly recap focuses on how to support Asian Americans, the U.S. gun policy debate, the education “arms race,” and more.

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    Report

    Fortifying Education as a Pathway to the Middle Class

    Mar 25, 2021

    Education levels in the United States have been rising for 50 years, including large gains for many demographic groups. Adults with college degrees have higher incomes than their less-educated peers. But declining public support for higher education and increasing costs are making it harder to obtain degrees.

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Briefings

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    Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way to Improve Schools

    Jun 17, 2019

    A recent RAND report found that implementing “principal pipelines”—a strategic approach to the hiring, preparation, evaluation, and support of school leaders—can improve schools. Susan Gates will discuss the feasibility, effectiveness, and affordability of principal pipelines. [Washington, D.C.]

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    Informing Investments in High-Quality Preschool

    May 5, 2017

    The new Congress is expected to reexamine spending on domestic programs like early childhood education. RAND senior economist Lynn Karoly will present her findings on the short- and long-term effects of high-quality preschool programs—and the associated costs, benefits, and economic returns.

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    Reauthorizing ESEA: Key Issues and Federal Oversight Are Up for Debate

    Feb 18, 2015

    This might be the year that Congress reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary School Act. However, debate continues over some of the law's key components and the appropriate federal role in annual assessments, state accountability, and teaching effectiveness.

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    Correctional Education: How Effective Is It and What Can We Do to Make It Better?

    Feb 18, 2014

    Ex-offenders do not have the knowledge and skills to support a successful return to their communities. Trying to reduce re-incarceration rates is partly why states devote resources to educating and training individuals while in prison. Lois Davis will present results from a comprehensive RAND study on the effectiveness of correctional education.

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    Improving Student Achievement Through Education Technology

    Jun 20, 2013

    RAND senior scientist John Pane will participate in a panel hosted by Carnegie Learning to discuss a large-scale randomized study of the blended learning algebra curriculum designed by Carnegie Learning, tracking the progress of more than 19,000 students in 147 schools in seven states.

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    Maintaining Accountability and Nurturing Innovation through a Reauthorized ESEA

    May 22, 2012

    In this panel briefing RAND researchers discuss the possible reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—how it will require several critical decisions about standards, assessments, reporting requirements, and school improvement initiatives.

  • Performance-Based Accountability for Public Services

    Aug 9, 2010

    Brian Stecher presents evidence about the effectiveness of performance-based accountability systems in five sectors—child care, education, health care, public health emergency preparedness, and transportation—and provides recommendations about how to improve the effectiveness of such systems.

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Alerts & Newsletters

RAND periodically sends alerts and newsletters to update Congress on highlights of recent work about education.

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    COVID-19 Testing in K-12 Schools

    Mar 15, 2021

    Across the nation, safely reopening schools that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority for many parents, educators, and policymakers alike. However, widespread safety concerns are a barrier to schools' ability to provide more in-person instruction.

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    Stress Topped the Reasons Why Public School Teachers Quit, Even Before COVID-19

    Feb 22, 2021

    It is no surprise that teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic has added pressure to what was already a high-stress profession. A new RAND survey of nearly 1,000 former public school teachers reveals how important stress has been--even more so than pay--to teachers' decisions to leave the profession.

  • A boy on a bicycle cools off from the extreme heat from an opened fire hydrant in Brooklyn, New York, July 2, 2018

    Climate and Resilience Policy in the 117th Congress

    Feb 11, 2021

    What are the biggest climate and resilience policy issues facing the 117th Congress? RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including climate science, decarbonization, resilience, adaptation, and more.

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    Considering Education Policy in the 117th Congress

    Feb 8, 2021

    What are the biggest education policy issues facing the 117th Congress? RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including equity issues exacerbated by COVID-19, integrating workforce development and employment systems, improving the quality and accessibility of early childhood care and learning, and more.

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    COVID-19 and Education: RAND Resources

    Jun 11, 2020

    RAND researchers have examined several aspects of pandemics, including COVID-19, in relation to education issues. Policymakers may find some recent examples helpful as they continue to look into policy responses to COVID-19.

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    COVID-19 and Education: RAND Resources

    Apr 9, 2020

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is disrupting nearly every facet of daily life--including education. The nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation has examined several aspects of pandemics, including COVID-19, in relation to education issues.

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    The U.S. Workforce Development and Employment System Needs an Overhaul

    Oct 10, 2019

    The American workplace has changed profoundly over the past 40 years and continues to evolve. RAND researchers recently took a systems approach to rethinking the nation's workforce development and employment system.

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    Higher Education Act Reauthorization: Insights from RAND

    Aug 5, 2019

    In light of Congress' efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, RAND has collected commentaries from its experts that address several aspects of the nation's main federal law governing postsecondary education.

  • In Case You Missed It: Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way to Improve Schools

    Jul 1, 2019

    In this congressional briefing, Susan Gates discusses the feasibility, effectiveness, and affordability of principal pipelines

  • Students in the Munroe Elementary School after-school garden club chop vegetables to put in a stir fry dish they will cook in Denver, Colorado, May 9, 2012

    Considering Education Policy in the 116th Congress

    Feb 8, 2019

    What are the biggest education policy issues facing the 116th Congress? RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including early childhood care and learning, K-12 policy, higher education, workforce development, and more.


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