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RAND Education has applied its expertise to almost every aspect of the education system for more than four decades. Our staff includes more than 70 experts from a wide range of disciplines. Our research sponsors include government agencies, foundations, and private-sector organizations.

Our Work

  • Report

    Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the ESSA

    Dec 5, 2017

    A review of social and emotional learning interventions for K–12 students can help education policymakers identify those that satisfy ESSA evidence requirements and meet their local needs.

  • Commentary

    Discipline Disparities and Discrimination in Schools

    Nov 21, 2017

    In the United States, black and poor students are suspended at much higher rates than their white and non-poor peers. While the existence of these disparities is not controversial, how to interpret the disparities is bitterly disputed.

  • Commentary

    Why a Lack of STEM Teachers Could Jeopardise the Canada 2067 Vision

    Nov 17, 2017

    The future of STEM learning depends heavily on a strong STEM teaching workforce. But education systems around the world face significant challenges attracting, training, and keeping STEM teachers.

  • Research Brief

    Early Childhood Programs Can Benefit Children and Provide Economic Returns

    Nov 16, 2017

    A review of early childhood programs, such as home visiting, parent education, and early care and education (ECE), confirms that many programs can improve a range of outcomes for children, and those with cost-benefit analysis show a typical return of $2 to $4 for every dollar invested.

  • Research Brief

    Dual-Language Immersion Programs Raise Student Achievement in English

    Nov 8, 2017

    Portland Public Schools students randomly assigned to dual-language immersion programs outperformed their peers on state reading tests by 13 percent in grade 5 and by 22 percent in grade 8. Students gained proficiency in a second language with no drop in their performance in math or science.

  • Report

    How to Sustain Summer Learning Programs

    Oct 23, 2017

    Summer learning programs can provide academic support to students who need it the most. But they tend to be threatened when budgets are tight. Can integrating these programs into school districts' core priorities and operations improve their sustainability?

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Research Priorities

  • Early Childhood Education

    The years before a child begins school are critical to future learning. RAND experts examine program costs, how they are implemented, and outcomes.

  • K-12 Accountability and Assessments

    RAND Education rigorously evaluates educations programs and assessments to determine how they affect schools, students, and teachers.

  • Postsecondary Education

    RAND explores policy solutions that address student needs, funding challenges, and how to ensure postsecondary graduates are properly trained for the 21st-century workforce.

  • K-12 Educator Effectiveness

    How do teachers impact students? RAND Education takes an objective, scientific approach to the complex task of measuring teacher effectiveness.

  • K-12 Instructional Technology

    Technology is a potentially powerful educational tool, but how it's distributed and implemented determines its impact in the classroom and beyond.

  • Out-of-school Time

    From the length of the school day to summer break, RAND research explores how time spent outside of the classroom impacts students and learning outcomes.

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