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Building on Today's Progress for 2016 and Beyond

Michele Jolin | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

We know more than ever before about what works to improve results for young people, their families and communities, and across the country there is growing bipartisan momentum behind shifting public funds toward evidence-based solutions.

Helping Struggling Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

There are a lot of schools in the U.S. that need to be achieving much better outcomes. However, there is a much smaller group of schools in which achievement levels are appalling. The solutions for garden-variety low-achieving schools are arguably different from those for schools with the very worst levels of performance.

To the New Congress

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Our children can't wait for better educational programs and practices. They need them now. This is something that all people of good will can agree on.

How Biased Measures Lead to False Conclusions

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

One hopeful development in evidence-based reform in education is the improvement in the quality of evaluations of educational programs. Despite these positive developments, there remain serious problems in some evaluations.

Are Proven Educational Innovations Ready for Prime Time?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Much as providing evidence of effectiveness is an advance in education, there is a real need for a determination of the degree to which programs are also ready for widespread implementation.

Promoting Proven Programs in Title I: The Bully Pulpit

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The greatest victory for evidence-based reform would be for the roughly 51,500 Title I schools to make far greater use of programs known to enhance student learning, benefitting millions of at-risk children throughout the U.S.

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...

Keeping Score: Using Evidence to Improve Lives

Michele Jolin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Only a limited number of government programs use data and evidence to guide funding choices or conduct evaluations to understand the impact after programs are implemented, meaning we know startlingly little about which government programs are working and which are not.