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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.

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  • Report

    Privacy and Interoperability Challenges Could Limit the Benefits of Education Technology

    Oct 2, 2018

    The rise of education technology brings increased opportunity for the collection and application of data. This presents challenges, including data infrastructure issues that could limit the usefulness of data, and privacy concerns.

  • Report

    Changes in What Teachers Know and Do in the Common Core Era

    Sep 27, 2018

    Since the Common Core State Standards were developed and launched in 2009, nearly all states have adopted them. How have these standards affected how U.S. teachers use instructional materials? And how do these changes differ between math and language arts teachers?

  • Commentary

    Louisiana's Education System Is Evolving: Here's What Parents Need to Know

    Sep 12, 2018

    Louisiana has taken big steps to improve its education policies and the education of the state's children, from birth to grade 12. Parents can help their children benefit from the reforms by being informed about the changes and knowing how to take advantage of new resources.

  • Essay

    Social and Emotional Learning Prepares Students for Life

    Aug 27, 2018

    The goal of social and emotional learning is to give students the skills they need to work in teams, communicate their ideas, and manage their emotions. Research can help educators determine which programs work and which ones qualify for federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

  • Commentary

    How Early Childhood Education and Care Can Help to Tackle the Impact of Childhood Disadvantage

    Aug 20, 2018

    Disadvantaged children underperform educationally partly because on average they experience more risk factors. Interventions to address multiple causes of underperformance for disadvantaged children may have a better chance of success. The calibre of early childhood education and care professionals also likely matters.

  • Report

    How Well Do Math Teachers Follow Common Core State Standards?

    Aug 9, 2018

    Teachers are eager to engage their students in Common Core State Standards for mathematics if they only had the knowledge and tools they need to do so. They need access to high-quality instructional materials and help in distinguishing whether these materials are aligned with the standards.

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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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