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Love, Hope, and Evidence in Secondary Reading

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.05.2017 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I am pleased to announce that our article reviewing research on effective secondary reading programs has just been posted on the Best Evidence Encyclo...

Lessons from Santa

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.22.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

And so in the end it comes down to Santa Asked to compute effect sizes, he can't-a. His popularity flows from his loving and giving Not at all like ...

Vision and Blindness

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.06.2017 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

If you wear reading glasses, please remove them for a moment, and continue reading. Back to normal? For a moment, you had an experience like that o...

Education Policy In The Age Of Proven School And Classroom Approaches

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.13.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

There is good research on policy, but because so many individual policies are in play at any given moment, it is very difficult for policy researchers or policy makers to figure out the effects of anything.

Time Passes. Will You?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.17.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When I was in high school, one of my teachers posted a sign on her classroom wall under the clock: Time passes. Will you? Students spend a lot of...

Brilliant Errors

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.27.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Alexander Roslin, Carl von Linné 1707-1778, 1775. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. On a recent visit to Sweden, my wife Nancy and I went to the lovely un...

Want to Improve Student Achievement? Invest in Teacher Education

Pam Grossman | Posted 10.25.2016 | Education
Pam Grossman

Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently issued an open letter to schools of education criticizing how teachers are prepared. He writes at a...

'We Don't Do Programs'

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 10.20.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When speaking with educational leaders, I frequently hear them say, "We don't do programs." They lament that teachers and principals are often too dri...

Do Textbooks Matter?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Recently, some colleagues and I were speaking with some superintendents about how they use evidence to select educational programs. Although they had ...

Why Rigorous Studies Get Smaller Effect Sizes

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.18.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of the hapless Washington Senators. They were awful. Year after year, they were dead last in the American League. ...

Keep Up the Good Work (To Keep Up the Good Outcomes)

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.28.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I just read an outstanding study that contains a hard but crucially important lesson. The study, by Woodbridge et al. (2014), evaluated a behavior man...

What Schools in One Place Can Learn from Schools Elsewhere

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.21.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

In a recent blog, I responded to an article by Lisbeth Schorr and Srik Gopal about their concerns that the findings of randomized experiments will not...


Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When I was a kid, my brothers and I used to go to a YMCA camp on the Chesapeake Bay for a month every summer. My mother said that it was cheaper than...

Can Findings From One Set Of Schools Apply To Others?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Discussions about when generalization is most likely to take place are healthy and welcome. But they are not academic. America's schools are not getting better fast enough, and achievement gaps by race and class remain unacceptable.

Joy is a Basic Skill in Secondary Reading

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.23.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I have a policy of not talking about studies I'm engaged in before they are done and available, but I have an observation to make that just won't wait...

What If You Crossed a Sears Catalogue With Consumer Reports?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When I was in high school, I had a summer job delivering Sears catalogues. What a great job. I got to drive all over the Maryland suburbs of Washing...

How Much Difference Does an Education Program Make?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When you use Consumer Reports car repair ratings to choose a reliable car, you are doing something a lot like what evidence-based reform in education ...

Seeking Jewels, Not Boulders: Learning to Value Small, Well-Justified Effect Sizes

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.28.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Photo from the Smithsonian Institution One of the most popular exhibits in the Smithsonian Museum of ...

The Wonderful Reputation of Educational Research

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.21.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Back in 1993, Carl Kaestle memorably wrote about the "awful reputation of educational research." At the time, he was right. But that was 23 years ag...

Money and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.14.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Many years ago, I spent a few days testifying in a funding equity case in Alabama. At the end of my testimony, the main lawyer for the plaintiffs drov...

Educationists and Economists

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.24.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

I used to work part time in England, and I've traveled around the world a good bit speaking about evidence-based reform in education and related topic...

Strong Evidence Meets Local Control

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

At the political level, the burgeoning evidence movement in education is running smack dab into a growing focus on state and local control of educatio...

Proven Programs vs. Local Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.21.2017 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

All evidence from rigorous studies is good evidence, as long as it addresses actionable policies or practices that could make a difference for student outcomes. However, there is a big distinction between two kinds of good evidence that I think it is useful to make.

The Future of Title I - 2040

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.14.2017 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When you get to a certain age, you find increasing evidence that you've been yammering on the same topics for a very long time, usually to no great benefit. I just made one of those discoveries. Going through some old publications, I found a 1991 article I wrote on the future of Title I.

Response to Intervention and Bob's Law

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.19.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The problem in education reform isn't a lack of good ideas. It's a lack of good ideas implemented with enough clarity, consistency and integrity to actually make a difference in rigorous experiments. A recent large-scale evaluation of Response to Intervention (RTI) illustrates this problem once again.