Institute on Education and Training

Institute on Education and Training

"Our mission is to bring accurate data and objective analysis to education policy. We are a division of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. We were the first to do rigorous independent evaluations of school reform programs. We established an empirical basis for determining the validity of various approaches to testing how much students learn.""One of our earliest studies evaluated school reform efforts in the 1970s. We examined 293 local projects in 18 states and found that most reform efforts had no lasting effect. Lasting change depended not so much on a program's content but on its implementation, particularly on the active commitment of district leaders, including the superintendent and school principals.""One of our earliest studies evaluated school reform efforts in the 1970s. We examined 293 local projects in 18 states and found that most reform efforts had no lasting effect. Lasting change depended not so much on a program's content but on its implementation, particularly on the active commitment of district leaders, including the superintendent and school principals."

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