S. Dept. of Ed.: “What Works Clearinghouse”
U.S. Department of Education has awarded a five-year, $18.5 million
contract to a special joint venture to develop a national What
Works Clearinghouse, which will summarize evidence on the effectiveness
of different programs, products, and strategies intended to enhance
academic achievement and other important educational outcomes.
The clearinghouse will help provide education decision-makers
with the information they need to make choices guided by the best
available scientific research. The use of research-proven strategies
based on sound scientific evidence is one of the key principles
of No Child Left Behind. “By providing educators with ready access
to the best available scientific research evidence, the clearinghouse
will be an important resource for enhancing the quality of local
decision-making and improving program effectiveness,” said U.S.
Secretary of Education Rod Paige. “And it will help transform
education into an evidence-based field.”
The What Works Clearinghouse will provide the following
easily accessible and searchable online databases:
-An educational interventions registry that identifies potentially
replicable programs, products, and practices that are claimed
to enhance important student outcomes, and synthesizes the scientific
evidence related to their effectiveness.
-An evaluation studies registry, which is linked electronically
to the educational interventions registry, and contains information
about the studies constituting the evidence of the effectiveness
of the program, products, and practices reported.
-An approaches and policies registry that contains evidence-based
research reviews of broader educational approaches and policies.
-A test instruments registry that contains scientifically rigorous
reviews of test instruments used for assessing educational effectiveness.
-An evaluator registry that identifies evaluators and evaluation
entities that have indicated their willingness and ability to
conduct quality evaluations of education interventions.#
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