Featured Projects

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    Employment and Unemployment

    American Working Conditions Survey

    How do Americans perceive their workplace? RAND's American Working Conditions Survey shows workers find their jobs physically demanding, hazardous, and hectic—but also social and supportive, and many retirees would prefer to return to work.

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    STEM Education

    The Appalachia Partnership Initiative

    The Appalachia Partnership Initiative seeks to build sustainable STEM education and technical training programs in the Greater Pittsburgh area, ultimately helping to develop a skilled workforce ready for careers in energy and manufacturing.

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    Employment and Unemployment

    Focus on the American Worker

    The American Worker blog series explores critical topics that affect America's workforce, including the disturbing prevalence of hostile behaviors at work, how self-driving cars will affect the workforce, and why more young workers are relying on their parents.

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    Postsecondary Education

    Higher Education Act Reauthorization: Insights from RAND

    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.

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    Teacher Effectiveness

    Measuring Teacher Effectiveness

    Research suggests that, among school-related factors, teachers matter most to students' academic performance. What's less clear is how to measure an individual teacher's effectiveness. RAND's reports, fact sheets, blog posts, and research briefs provide clarity on this important issue.

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    Academic Achievement

    National Summer Learning Project

    RAND's research on summer learning is commissioned by the Wallace Foundation as part of its More Time for Learning initiative. One objective of this initiative is to promote high-quality summer learning programs across the country for low-achieving students.

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    Social and Emotional Learning

    RAND Education Assessment Finder

    An interactive tool with information on more than 200 assessments of interpersonal, intrapersonal, and higher-order cognitive competencies. Practitioners, researchers, and policymakers can use it to explore what assessments are available, how they are administered, and other attributes.

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    Social and Emotional Learning

    Research on the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative

    RAND is conducting research on The Wallace Foundation’s Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI), which explores whether and how students will benefit if adults in schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs work together to align and improve experiences and climate to foster social and emotional learning.

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    Occupational Training

    Strengthening School-to-Work Opportunities in the Big Apple

    RAND conducted a year-long, multi-method study to understand whether New York City's Scholars at Work program is effectively preparing youth in the city for opportunities in the labor market.

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    Education Policy

    Studying Louisiana State Education Policies

    Louisiana has launched one of the most ambitious efforts to improve public schooling in the nation. RAND researchers funded by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation closely studied Louisiana's education policies over the past several years through policy documentation, and interviews with state policymakers and educators.

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