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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.

  • Darleen Opfer, photo by Grace Evans/RAND Corporation

    Q&A

    Learning Is a Lifelong Process: Q&A with V. Darleen Opfer

    Dec 23, 2019

    As vice president and director of RAND Education and Labor, V. Darleen Opfer oversees a research portfolio that ranges from early childhood education to retirement planning. In this interview, she discusses what she learned from being a teacher, the need for evidence-based practices, and the importance of lifelong learning in today's labor market.

  • A student working at her desk in a classroom, photo by Rachael Hacking/Show the Good

    Research Brief

    The Promise of Community Schools

    Jan 28, 2020

    The New York City Community Schools Initiative is based on a holistic strategy of education reform. Academics, health and wellness, youth development, and family engagement are integrated into each school. This approach had positive effects on most of the examined student outcomes.

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