RAND Review: Spring 2005

RAND Review, our flagship magazine, showcases RAND research on a variety of timely and relevant issues facing the world today.

Spring 2005 — Vol. 29, No. 1


Ultimate Test

Who Is Accountable for Education If Everybody Fails?
By Jennifer Sloan McCombs and Stephen J. Carroll


Three Decades of Financial Earthquakes Rattle California Education
On the Cover:
Andrew, a dropout from Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, waits for friends outside his former campus on March 23. In California, fewer than two-thirds of all students graduate from high school in central city districts and in communities with high levels of racial and socioeconomic segregation, according to the Urban Institute. Education experts have called for greater accountability for the dropout rate instead of the current national emphasis on test scores.

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Message from the Editor



Suburban Sprawl, Body Sprawl
Are Land-Use Patterns Driven by Choice or by the Market?



Arts Policy Should Leave Audiences Demanding More
By Kevin F. McCarthy, Melissa K. Rowe, and Julia F. Lowell


UN Surpasses U.S. on Learning Curve
By James Dobbins


Businesses Need Explicit Policies for Using Data from Access Control Cards
By Edward Balkovich