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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...

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

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.15.2014 | 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...

Wink Wink Nudge Nudge: Use Proven Programs

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Discussions about evidence-based reform in education often founder on the question of financing. Who is going to provide the funding necessary to he...

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...

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...

Brokering Proven Programs to Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

I dislike holiday shopping. The problem is that there are way too many choices. Have you ever walked into a store looking for something specific and...

Lessons from Innovators: STEM Learning Opportunities Providing Equity (SLOPE)

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 02.04.2014 | 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 ...

Can Educational Innovations Go To National Scale?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

In conversations about evidence-based reform, I often hear the objection that "we don't really know how to take proven innovations to scale" or that...

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 ...

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...

Tailoring Evidence-Based Reform to Different Problems

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

Not long ago, I gave a speech at the American Psychological Association's convention in Honolulu (all right, fighting for evidence-based reform doe...

How To Do Lots of High-Quality Educational Evaluations for Peanuts

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

One of the greatest impediments to evidence-based reform in education is the difficulty and expense of doing large-scale randomized experiments. The...

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...