From the RAND Blog

See below for the latest commentary from the RAND Education team. For a complete list of education-related posts, visit the RAND Blog.

  • What Emerging Research Says About the Promise of Personalized Learning

    Aug 16, 2017

    Personalized learning holds promise as an innovation that can lead to improved educational outcomes for students. But implementers should have modest expectations for the magnitude of the benefits, and patience for the full benefits to emerge.

  • Cybersecurity Badge: One Big Step for Girl Scouts, Potentially Giant Leap for Women

    Aug 3, 2017

    The Girl Scouts will start offering 18 cybersecurity badges next year. In addition to exposing girls to cyber concepts and challenges, this could encourage them to pursue cybersecurity or other STEM careers in which women are underrepresented.

  • National Database Could Help Students Pick College—and Income

    Aug 1, 2017

    A bill introduced in May would create a searchable database of students' college majors and earnings after graduation. The data could help students make informed decisions and could also be used to better allocate resources that benefit students.

  • The Ghost of Bullying

    May 31, 2017

    The idea that bullying is experienced by only a few children and adolescents is false. Most cases are verbal, not physical, and victims tend to remain silent. Research has shown that bullying can have negative long-term effects on a person's life.

  • How to Navigate Public-Private Partnerships in Higher Ed

    May 26, 2017

    Universities are partnering with private companies that have the resources to help them compete in the online learning market and maximize student enrollment. Do their different missions—providing high-quality education and making a profit—dilute the quality of the courses?

  • Is College Worth the Expense? Yes, It Is

    May 22, 2017

    Many American students struggle with the soaring cost of higher education. And for many college students, debt can have severe negative implications. But on balance, the benefits of a college degree appear to outweigh the costs.

  • Going Forward, Looking Back: Lessons from School Improvement Grants

    May 10, 2017

    The Every Student Succeeds Act takes effect this fall, returning significant power to states and local districts to set goals and prescribe strategies to lift achievement. As schools finalize their plans under the new law, they can learn from the shortcomings of School Improvement Grants.

  • Giving State Educators What They Need to Stand Apart—and Together

    Apr 4, 2017

    States have an opportunity to provide better instructional materials to teachers hungry for more resources aligned with state standards. By focusing on what they agree students should learn, states could work together to build curricula and shore up other key supports.

  • The Urgent Need for an Education Plan in Mosul

    Mar 27, 2017

    In addition to restoring Mosul's damaged infrastructure, efforts to stabilize the city must include a plan to rebuild education. Students need to make up years of missed K-12 and university education, and ISIS indoctrination needs to be undone.

  • School Choice: How Parents Can Find Out What They Need to Know

    Feb 21, 2017

    To make an informed choice about schools, parents need to know about the quality of instruction, services, and the overall school climate. Schools need a better system of measuring and collecting data on performance, and a way to make it accessible to families.