Education and Literacy


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.

  • Graduates of The City College of New York stand at their commencement ceremony in Manhattan on May 31, 2019, photo by Gabriela Bhaskar/Reuters


    Fortifying Education as a Pathway to the Middle Class

    Mar 25, 2021

    Education levels in the United States have been rising for 50 years, including large gains for many demographic groups. Adults with college degrees have higher incomes than their less-educated peers. But declining public support for higher education and increasing costs are making it harder to obtain degrees.

  • A tween girl wearing a protective mask at her desk in a classroom, photo by JackF/Adobe Stock


    COVID-19 Testing in Schools Is Complex but Doable

    Mar 9, 2021

    COVID-19 testing can be effectively integrated into K–12 schools' pandemic response plans. And it helps families and staff feel more comfortable with in-person instruction. Insights from early adopters of COVID-19 testing in fall 2020 can help schools reopen safely.

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