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    U.S. School Districts Are Expanding Their Services Beyond Academics

    Aug 23, 2021

    During the pandemic, the percentage of districts offering weekend meals to eligible students nearly tripled. Nine of ten districts offered summer programs. More mental health services and computing devices will be provided to students in 2021–2022. But most academic programs won't change.

  • Tracey Pucci helps her son Foxton Harding, 12, with a school assignment for Northshore Middle School, which has moved to online only schooling for two weeks due to coronavirus concerns, at their home in Bothell, Washington, U.S. March 11, 2020, photo by Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

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    The Rise of Virtual Schools

    Aug 30, 2021

    Since the pandemic began, America's school districts have been offering more remote instruction options. This includes a ninefold increase in the number of districts running standalone virtual schools.

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    AEP Data Note Technical Appendix 2

    This technical appendix provides additional information about the sample, data, and estimation strategy that were used for a series of AEP Data Notes published by the RAND Corporation in 2019.

    Aug 15, 2019

  • A teacher helping students draw with colored pencils, photo by Jack F/Adobe Stock

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    Do Educators Have What They Need to Teach Students with Disabilities?

    To serve students with high-incidence disabilities, teachers need a supportive school culture, collaboration and planning time, resources and training, access to data, and tools for using data. Survey data sheds light on the extent to which these supports are available to general and special educators in U.S. schools.

    Jun 27, 2019

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    Iran, School Discipline, North Korea: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the costs of U.S.–Iran confrontation, discipline reform in America's schools, why the North Korea problem is bigger than nukes, and more.

    Jun 21, 2019

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    Hong Kong, Education Reform, Baghdad: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on lessons for state education reform, retaining women in the U.S. Coast Guard, recounting the Battle for Baghdad, and more.

    Jun 14, 2019

  • College students in silhouette tossing caps in the air, photo by Rawpixel Ltd/Getty Images

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    Addressing the College Completion Problem

    More than half of students who enter college end up dropping out without ever completing a degree or certificate. Time and money are wasted without the benefits of a degree. While colleges are experimenting with novel techniques to boost completion rates, strategic support from the federal government could further these efforts.

    May 9, 2019

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    AI Bias, Opioids, Afghanistan: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the danger of artificial intelligence bias, infants with opioid withdrawal symptoms, peace talks in Afghanistan, and more.

    Mar 15, 2019

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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.

    Feb 6, 2019

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    Five Options for Long-Term Sustainability of Pennsylvania's State System Universities

    Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education faces significant challenges to its long-term sustainability, including population shifts and limited state funding. There are options to address these issues and avoid closures, but major structural changes will be needed.

    Apr 25, 2018

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    Sustaining Pennsylvania's State System Universities

    The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is facing considerable challenges, such as demographic shifts, limited state funding, and strong competition. Options are available to address the system's long-term sustainability and viability, but major changes would be needed.

    Apr 25, 2018

  • College campus tour guide talking with prospective students

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    National Database Could Help Students Pick College—and Income

    A bill introduced in May would create a searchable database of students' college majors and earnings after graduation. The data could help U.S. students make informed decisions and could also be used to better allocate resources that benefit students.

    Aug 1, 2017

  • A teacher meeting with a parent and her child in a classroom

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    School Choice: How Parents Can Find Out What They Need to Know

    To make an informed choice about schools, parents need to know about the quality of instruction, services, and the overall school climate. Schools need a better system of measuring and collecting data on performance, and a way to make it accessible to families.

    Feb 21, 2017

  • Adult students attending a computer course

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    Community Colleges Can Be 'First Responders' in Retraining Displaced Workers

    Many of the occupations with the most opportunities require two-year degrees or certificates. Community colleges play a key role in training students for these jobs and offer a supportive environment for displaced and dissatisfied workers.

    Feb 16, 2017

  • Professor and university students in a lecture hall

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    Before We Measure Teaching Quality, We Should Know What It Is

    The lack of an evidence base on teaching quality and its impact in higher education points to a need for more research, made more pressing by the imminent roll-out of the Teaching Excellence Framework, which intends to assess and monitor teaching quality at UK higher education institutions.

    Nov 29, 2016

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    Review of the Research Literature on Defining and Demonstrating Quality Teaching and Impact in Higher Education

    RAND Europe conducted a review of literature published since 2012, with the aim of identifying and summarising the key trends and issues in the literature on how 'quality teaching' and its impact are currently being defined and demonstrated at higher education institutions.

    Nov 18, 2016

  • A school principal working in her office

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    Are Principals Getting the Support They Need?

    A nationally representative sample of principals reported having some form of on-the-job support available during the past school year, but less than a third indicated their district provided a combination of regular supervisory communication, mentoring, and at least one day of professional development.

    Oct 31, 2016

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    The High Cost of Free College

    Tuition subsidies may encourage institutions to raise tuition, since the government would foot the bill. One possible solution: develop and implement policies that encourage greater productivity from higher education institutions.

    Aug 1, 2016

  • Cadets of the Air Force Academy Class of 2003 celebrate at graduation ceremonies on May 28, 2003 as the Air Force Thunderbirds fly overhead

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    How Effective Are Military Academy Admission Standards?

    This brief summarizes the results of analysis of the applicant scoring systems that the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy use for admission.

    Jul 22, 2016

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    United States Service Academy Admissions: Selecting for Success at the Air Force Academy and as an Officer

    This report examines admission standards at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and officer outcomes to evaluate whether the USAFA admissions formula should be adjusted.

    Jul 22, 2016

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    Reframing the 'Free College' Debate

    Free college may make for a terrific sound bite on the campaign trail, but it rings hollow. Framing the future of college as a debate about whether it should be free is a lost opportunity to discuss what's really wrong with higher education in America—and a missed chance to help young Americans regain lost competitiveness in the workforce.

    Apr 14, 2016

  • Elementary students in a classroom with a teacher

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    Implementing Education Reforms to Enhance School Performance

    Although countries differ greatly in how their education systems are structured, financed, and the extent to which they are centralized, they share common obstacles that undermine reform success. Beyond the obvious steps of providing adequate resources and professional development, there are ways to improve the implementation of school-wide reforms.

    Nov 13, 2015

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