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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • High-Quality Early Childhood Programs Can Change Lives

    Jan 3, 2018

    The most comprehensive look to date at the benefits of early childhood education found that 102 of 115 programs improved at least one outcome for children beyond a statistical doubt. And the economic and social benefits continue to pay dividends, sometimes well into adulthood.

  • Building Support for Social and Emotional Learning: Having an Evidence Base Is Critical

    Dec 14, 2017

    Students need more than proficiency in reading or math. Perseverance, active listening, empathy and good decision-making help kids succeed both academically and in life. Schools need access to high-quality social and emotional learning assessment measures to ensure programs will improve student learning and their futures.

  • Discipline Disparities and Discrimination in Schools

    Nov 21, 2017

    In the United States, black and poor students are suspended at much higher rates than their white and non-poor peers. While the existence of these disparities is not controversial, how to interpret the disparities is bitterly disputed.

  • Why a Lack of STEM Teachers Could Jeopardise the Canada 2067 Vision

    Nov 17, 2017

    The future of STEM learning depends heavily on a strong STEM teaching workforce. But education systems around the world face significant challenges attracting, training, and keeping STEM teachers.

  • Keeping Americans on the Job in a Changing Economy

    Oct 20, 2017

    Despite calls to bring back U.S. coal mines and factories, the real issue isn't a lack of family-sustaining jobs, it's a mismatch between workers and available jobs.

  • The Early Bird Catches the Worm? Probably Not

    Sep 12, 2017

    School start times are becoming a hotly debated topic across the United States. Starting middle and high schools at 8:30 a.m. would improve teen health, and the economic benefits of this shift would likely outweigh the costs.

  • 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.