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.

  • A stressed teacher sitting at her desk looking at a laptop, photo by Lightfield Studios/Adobe Stock


    Job-Related Stress Threatens the Teacher Supply

    Jun 15, 2021

    Nearly one in four teachers overall, and almost half of Black teachers in particular, said that they were likely to leave their jobs by the end of the 2020–21 school year. That's compared to one in six before the pandemic. They reported frequent stress and symptoms of depression more than the general population.

  • An empty classroom at Heather Hills Elementary School in Bowie, Md., on August 26, 2020, photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Sipa USA via Reuters


    What Parents Think About Kids Returning to Classrooms

    Jun 10, 2021

    As of May 2021, 84 percent of parents surveyed plan to send their children to school in person in the fall. Black and Hispanic parents are the most hesitant. Two-thirds of parents want to keep COVID-19 school safety measures in place, but only 52 percent plan to have their kids vaccinated.

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