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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

    Employers and Colleges Could Plan Better for Future Oil and Natural Gas Workforce

    Oct 17, 2017

    Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to tap natural gas should bring long-term economic benefits to Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. A survey of employers and educators can inform policy decisions on how best to expand and sustain the pool of workers with the needed knowledge and skills.

  • Report

    Community Schools Take a Holistic Approach to Urban Education

    Oct 11, 2017

    The New York City Community Schools Initiative is a strategy to organize resources and share leadership so that academics, health and wellness, youth development, and family engagement are integrated into each school. An assessment of 118 schools finds that with support from partners, school improvement should continue.

  • Report

    What Do U.S. Teachers Think of State Standards and Assessments?

    Oct 4, 2017

    Most U.S. mathematics and English language arts teachers support the use of state standards in instruction. However, the majority of them do not support the use of state tests to measure mastery of the standards.

  • Report

    Designing Innovative High Schools

    Sep 21, 2017

    Opportunity by Design (ObD) uses innovative design principles like personalized instruction to help prepare students for postsecondary success. RAND's interim report on ObD lays out how these principles are implemented in schools, their strengths, and early challenges.

  • Commentary

    The Early Bird Catches the Worm? Probably Not, Says Science on School Start Times

    Sep 12, 2017

    School start times are becoming a hotly debated topic across the United States. Starting middle and high school at 8.30 a.m. would help the health of teenagers and the benefits would likely outweigh the economic cost after a reasonable time.

  • Report

    Summer Learning in Pittsburgh: Programming Gaps and Opportunities

    Sep 6, 2017

    In 2016, Pittsburgh had ample summer learning programs available for kids, but there are steps the city can take to better reach its underserved students—who may benefit most from such programs.

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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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