The rise of randomized trials… stay tuned

In his This Week in Education blog today, Alexander Russo wonders if the education community will finally “move off its duff” and begin conducting more scientifically based research.

His point is well taken: unfortunately, there’s still not a lot of top-quality, “gold standard” research out there to help educators answer important questions about which programs or approaches work and which don’t.

The good news, though, is that’s beginning to change. We are on the verge of seeing a deluge of new randomized control trials emerging in the coming months from the Institute of Education Sciences regional laboratory program (for which McREL adminsters the laboratory for the Central region of the U.S.).

To see a list of these studies (23 in all, three from the REL Central at McREL), go here.

And stay tuned.

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