Research Areas

  • Early Childhood Education

    The importance of early childhood education is documented, but evaluating it is a difficult task. RAND Education explores a wide range of issues to help decisionmakers better understand how to measure quality, effective professional development for educators, overall costs vs. benefits, and more.

  • K-12 Accountability & Assessments

    RAND Education explores the effects of standards-based accountability policies, including testing, but also those of non-academic competencies like social and emotional learning, occupational skills, and more. With a better understanding of the outcomes of such policies, decisionmakers may be able to make improvements.

  • K-12 Educator Effectiveness

    Research suggests that, although many factors contribute to student performance, teachers matter most. But what makes teachers effective in the classroom? And how can school leaders measure effectiveness? RAND Education conducts research on these questions to help inform this ongoing policy debate.

  • K-12 Instructional Technology

    It has long been recognized that technology has the potential to dramatically improve the education system, but efforts to do so have had limited impact. RAND's work in this area is helping to change that—by researching innovative ideas and helping decisionmakers answer the tough questions surrounding the design and implementation of technology.

  • Out-of-School Time

    To help understand how time spent outside of the classroom impacts students, RAND experts evaluate after-school programs and summer learning programs, investigate the impact of expanded learning time, and explore whether students are losing ground in the summer.

  • Post-secondary Education & Workforce Development

    RAND research explores the biggest challenges to developing human capital—from the growing complexity of career paths to the role of post-secondary education. The goal: Help decisionmakers ensure that students are prepared and that workers are productive, knowledgeable, and engaged.

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