Fed Ed Science earns qualified praise?? Education Week

27 09 2006

“More focused and politically independent than its predecessor agency, the new institute also had a new mission: to foster ‘scientifically based’ research that might offer definitive insights on how to improve schooling. . .”

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http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2006/09/27/05ies.h26.html

IES Gets Mixed Grades as It Comes of Age
Published: September 27, 2006

U.S. education research arm earns qualified praise for playing hard role.
By Debra Viadero

The What Works Clearinghouse, an $23.4 million federal project to create an electronic version of Consumer Reports for education research, was supposed to be the institute’s main vehicle for making research more useful and user-friendly.

But observers agree that the clearinghouse has not yet lived up to that promise.
After four years in development, the clearinghouse as of last week had only highlighted eight interventions with “positive” or “potentially positive” evidence of effectiveness.

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