Education and the Arts


RAND's research on pre-K, K-12, and higher education covers issues such as assessment and accountability, choice-based and standards-based school reform, vocational training, and the value of arts education and policy in sustaining communities and promoting a well-rounded community.

  • A math teacher and his students looking at a tablet, photo by fstop123/Getty Images


    What Do U.S. Teachers Think of State Standards and Assessments?

    Oct 3, 2017

    Nearly all U.S. math and English teachers support the use of state standards for instruction. But the majority do not support using state tests to measure student mastery of those standards.

  • Students in the Munroe Elementary School after-school garden club chop vegetables to put in a stir fry dish they will cook in Denver, Colorado, May 9, 2012, photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters


    Out-of-School Time Programs Are Worthy of Public Investment

    Oct 23, 2017

    Children need safe places, caring adults, and enriching activities when not in school. Out-of-school time programs build human and cultural capital and develop kids' interests and skills. Public funding helps low-income youth have experiences that may provide lasting developmental benefits.

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