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RAND research on early childhood, K-12, and higher education covers issues such as assessment and accountability, choice-based and standards-based reform, school leadership, teacher effectiveness, technology, and vocational training. RAND also explores life skills, such as media, health, and financial literacy, as well as how time spent outside the classroom impacts student outcomes.

  • Soledad O'Brien (RAND trustee and Pardee RAND board member), Michael D. Rich (RAND president and CEO), and Francis Fukuyama (Pardee RAND board member), image by Chrissy Sovak; photos by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Q&A

    The Perils of Truth Decay: Q&A with Three RAND Leaders

    Feb 27, 2018

    Truth Decay is defined by disagreement about facts, the blurred line between opinion and fact, increased volume of opinion and personal experience over fact, and declining trust in formerly respected sources of facts. RAND president and CEO Michael D. Rich, journalist Soledad O'Brien, and political scientist Francis Fukuyama discuss the phenomenon and the search for solutions to it.

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    Report

    American Teachers Could Use More Time to Collaborate

    Feb 28, 2018

    Teacher collaboration is a key part of long-term career development for educators. But less than one-third of U.S. teachers say they have sufficient time to work with their peers.

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  • Dissertation

    Finding the Force of the Future: Improving Air Force Officer Outreach through an Investigation of School and Community Attributes

    Seeks to improve understanding of the factors indicative of applications to the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps' High School Scholarship Program.

    Apr 17, 2018

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    Commentary

    Bridging the Growing College Divide Among Young Americans

    Over the last decade, more Americans age 25 to 34 earned four-year college and graduate degrees but the number of those without college degrees also increased. New ways of communicating educational options and outcomes to young people are needed.

    Apr 13, 2018

  • Person reading news on a phone and a tablet

    Commentary

    People—Not the Tech Companies—Will Ultimately Stop Disinformation in Europe

    Authorities can continue to seek to punish the tech companies for the circulation of false articles. But this is unlikely to make a difference until more people take the time to acquire the skills to distinguish between fact and fiction.

    Apr 9, 2018

  • Journal Article

    Cognitive Ability, Personality, and Pathways to Retirement: An Exploratory Study

    This paper explores the utility of two prominent psychological variables - cognitive ability and personality - as predictors, while also substantially expanding the detail with which retirement pathways can be characterized.

    Apr 3, 2018

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    A focus on education

    Education stands at the forefront of policy agendas as children grow up in an increasingly complex and connected world. A focus on education looks at the core areas in education, detailing RAND Europe's expertise and work in the sector.

    Mar 29, 2018

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    Report

    How Calorie Labels on Menus Affect Consumers

    In traditional restaurant settings, displaying the calorie content on menus did not affect consumer satisfaction and reduced the amount of food ordered by 38 calories. This is a decrease of 7 percent, a notable difference considering the average American consumes one-third of his or her food calories away from home.

    Mar 28, 2018

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    Commentary

    How Can the U.S. Do a Better Job of Keeping Kids Safe at School?

    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.

    Mar 26, 2018

  • A witness in a courtroom swearing to tell the truth

    Commentary

    Truth Decay and the Spirit of the Law

    The widening gap between how the law is expected to be (and generally is) practiced, and certain events transpiring in America's political and policymaking realms, is of increasing concern.

    Mar 23, 2018

  • Black compass with needle pointing the word truth

    Commentary

    The Danger of Truth Decay Across Europe

    “Truth Decay” poses a threat to the health and future of democracy across Europe. With partial facts, disinformation, and incompatible versions of “the truth” competing for attention, it's more and more important for Europeans to recognize this phenomenon.

    Mar 19, 2018

  • Packages of chips and snacks

    Commentary

    Why Chile Should Continue Placing 'Stop Signs' on Unhealthy Foods

    By instituting its innovative food warning label policies, Chile has become a beacon of light to countries around the world. The new government would do well to consider why it should maintain these policies, which in the long run will benefit business and the country as a whole.

    Mar 19, 2018

  • Journal Article

    School-Based Interventions for Reducing Disciplinary School Exclusion

    The evidence suggests that school-based interventions are effective at reducing school exclusion immediately after, and for a few months after, the intervention.

    Mar 15, 2018

  • A tired teen girl driving a car

    Commentary

    Teens Are Driving Drowsy Every Day, and That's Dangerous

    About 1 in 10 car crashes are due to drowsy driving, and young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 account for more than half of them. Many parents unwittingly allow their teens to drive while tired on a daily basis.

    Mar 12, 2018

  • Sign that reads No Firearms Allowed on School Property

    Commentary

    How to Bring Facts into the Gun Policy Debate

    As debate continues to rage over the causes and prevention of gun violence, it's worth asking how science can help lawmakers and the public resolve longstanding disagreements that have stood in the way of solutions.

    Mar 9, 2018

  • Vaccinations at a community clinic

    Commentary

    Open Science and a Culture of Health: You Two Should Talk

    By working together, the Culture of Health and Open Science movements could increase their potential to accelerate the use of scientific evidence to address impediments to population health and collective well-being.

    Mar 7, 2018

  • Professor teaching a college class

    Commentary

    Ready, Set, College

    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.

    Mar 5, 2018

  • Periodical

    RAND Review: March-April 2018

    This issue features a Q&A with Michael Rich, Soledad O'Brien, and Francis Fukuyama on the perils of truth decay, and a story on the trend toward unretirement among U.S. workers. The Voices column features Gulrez Shah Azhar on environmental refugees.

    Mar 5, 2018

  • Students and tourists rest in lawn chairs in Harvard Yard

    Commentary

    Here's How a National Database Could Help Colleges Fight Sexual Assault

    At a moment of heightened awareness around sexual violence, America's colleges and universities have an opportunity to lead by example, through a commitment to full transparency about campus sexual assaults and openness to learning from each other's failures and successes.

    Mar 2, 2018

  • Journal Article

    Using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised in High Stakes Contexts: Does Evidence Warrant the Practice?

    The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised -R shows positive associations to child outcomes up to a mid-level score of 3.4, beyond which it may lose its usefulness; a more process-oriented measure may be needed for classrooms at the higher end of the score distribution

    Mar 2, 2018