RAND Education, a unit of the RAND Corporation, is dedicated to improving education policy and decisionmaking worldwide through state-of-the-art research and analysis. This brochure provides an introduction to the unit, its work, and its people.
About RAND Education
Our mission is to bring accurate data and objective analysis to education policy—helping to make educational policies, programs, and practices more effective for all. We are a division of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.
Past & Present
For over three decades, RAND Education has applied its expertise to almost every aspect of the education system. RAND Education was the first to do rigorous independent evaluations of school reform programs. Early on, our team also established an empirical basis for determining the validity of various approaches to testing how much students learn.
Today, RAND Education's staff includes more than 70 experts from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines. Sponsors of our research include government agencies, foundations, and private-sector organizations. Our findings have helped the policy community understand the choices they face in educating America's citizens.
From pre-K through post-secondary schooling, our work explores issues that are vital to students, teachers, and school leaders all across the country—and even internationally. These issues include
- Accountability and assessments
- Early childhood education
- Educator effectiveness
- Instructional technology and personalized learning
- Out of school time
- Post-secondary education and workforce development.