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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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  • Commentary

    How Can the U.S. Do a Better Job of Keeping Kids Safe at School?

    Mar 26, 2018

    Many proposals to improve school safety promote the use of technology, such as metal detectors and video cameras. How effective are these devices? The evidence is mixed.

  • Commentary

    Ready, Set, College

    Mar 5, 2018

    With the nation investing at least $1 billion a year in developmental education, states and colleges are rethinking their approaches to reform. Are states moving too fast to mandate developmental education policy? It depends on the policy.

  • Report

    American Teachers Could Use More Time to Collaborate

    Feb 28, 2018

    Teacher collaboration is a key part of long-term career development for educators. But less than one-third of U.S. teachers say they have sufficient time to work with their peers.

  • Report

    The Majority of Teachers Aren't Clear on the Reading Instruction Approaches Most Aligned with State Standards

    Feb 21, 2018

    English language arts teachers could increase their use of more complex, text-based practices if they received clearer guidance from states and districts about what is expected. They also need better supports and curriculum resources to engage in those approaches.

  • Report

    What Do Principals Think About Teach For America?

    Jan 17, 2018

    Principals are generally satisfied with the Teach For America teachers they receive, their classroom contributions, and the professional development and support the program provides.

  • Commentary

    Learning How to Measure Social and Emotional Learning

    Jan 11, 2018

    Educators and policymakers are increasingly focusing on non-academic competencies, known as social and emotional learning. To support growth in these areas, teachers need assessments that can help them understand how well students are learning these skills, and what instructional approaches work best.

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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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