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What Would the Founding Fathers Say About Evidence-Based Reform?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.04.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In honor of Independence Day, I was thinking about how America's founders would think about evidence-based education reform if they were around toda...

Unleash the Mighty Paraprofessional

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.26.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Paraprofessionals in schools serving many minority students are much more likely than teachers to share their students' ethnicity and language, and are more likely to live in the neighborhood.

Six Low-Cost or Free Ways to Make American Education the Best in the World

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.12.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

It does not take a political genius to know that for the foreseeable future, American education is not going to be rescued by a grand influx...

Using Research to Ensure an Education Program Actually Works

Katherine Damkohler | Posted 05.30.2014 | Education
Katherine Damkohler

In the early 1990's I was hired as the principal of a school that was slated for closure in one year, and so my job was to prepare the students to ...

Use Proven Programs or Manage Using Data? Two Approaches to Evidence-Based Reform

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In last week's blog, I welcomed the good work Results for America (RfA) is doing to promote policy support for evidence-based reform. In reality, R...

Results for America: A Welcome Addition to Evidence-Based Reform

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

As time goes on, Results for America is making significant inroads in the policy world, helping political leaders of all stripes get comfortable with the idea of heightening the role of evidence in policymaking.

Title I: Where the Evidence Revolution Will Happen

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Sooner or later, schools throughout the U.S. and other countries will be making informed choices among proven programs and practices, implementing t...

Restoring Opportunity

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I just read a fascinating book, Restoring Opportunity, by Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane. It describes the now-familiar problems of growing inequa...

Making Effective Use of Paraprofessionals

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in England has just released its first six reports of studies evaluating various interventions. In each c...

School Improvement Grants Embrace Evidence of Effectiveness

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Despite all of the exciting gains made by evidence-based reform in recent years, all of the progress so far has been limited to development, evaluat...

Preschools and Evidence: A Child Will Lead Us

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

These are exciting times for people who care about preschool, for people who care about evidence, and especially for people who care about both. Pre...

Holding Arne Duncan to a Higher Standard

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

Pearson, the testing company that has gotten rich by making American students fill in little bubbles all day long, is advising the White House on how to whip us all into college-ready shape.

Hearts, Wallets, and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Everyone knows that effective education is one of the best means of preventing all sorts of social ills. Yet when educational effectiveness reduces ...

Lessons From Innovators: Calibrating Expectations for i3 Evaluation Results

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a...

Success in Evidence-Based Reform: The Importance of Failure

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

As always, Winston Churchill said it best: "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." There is a similar Japane...

Love and Data

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

I was recently visiting one of our Success for All schools in the most disadvantaged neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas. The amazing principal, Kathl...

Shanghai Dreams

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

In the October 23 New York Times, Thomas Friedman once again extols the accomplishments of schools in Shanghai, which (as a city) performed better t...

Lessons from Innovators: Erikson Institute's Early Math Initiative

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has a ...

Computer Analysis Overturns the Common Core: Educational Research Strikes Again!

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

In the midst of this raging Common Core battle now appears this new article on "complexity," calling into question the linguistic research behind the Common Core standards. It aims to be used as another weapon as the two armies struggle by night.

A Purpose-Driven Government: Moneyball and Impact

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

In 2002, Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's, created "Moneyball," a method of using statistics to evaluate the performance of ball play...

Why Control Groups are Ethical and Necessary

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.17.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

A big reason that many educators don't like to participate in experiments is that they don't want to take a 50-50 chance of being assigned to a cont...

Lessons from Innovators: Collaborative Strategic Reading

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

The process of moving an educational innovation from a good idea to widespread effective implementation is far from straightforward, and no one has ...

Guesses and Hype Give Way to Data in Study of Education: New York Times

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

If you live long enough, eventually you'll see everything, even a positive article about evidence-based reform in a major newspaper. In the Septembe...

Innovation in Education and Medicine

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

Advocates of evidence-based reform in education can't help citing evidence-driven progress in medicine as an analogue to justify evidence-driven pro...

Do Clinical Trials Work in Education?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

A recent article in The New York Times asked a provocative question: Do clinical trials work? The article was written about clinical trials in medici...