Watching the presidential debates, I wasn’t terribly surprised to see that evidence-based reform in education was not mentioned. In a rational world it would have been, but maybe that is just my own irrational world view.Still, it is possible to anticipate what the future might be for evidence-based reform in Obama or Romney administrations. Arne Duncan says he’s staying, so a second Obama administration will surely build on the first. This is mostly good news. The current administration, especially the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has spoken strongly in favor of evidence-based policies. The current administration began i3, which is the most important concrete step ever taken toward evidence-based reform, and it favors ARPA-ED, which would also apply evidence to accelerate technology innovation in education.
Where the Obama administration has not yet gone is toward using evidence-proven approaches to improve outcomes in the main federal investments in education: Title I, School Improvement Grants, IDEA, and so on. As the economy improves and schools have more breathing space, this may change, but moving evidence into policy still has a ways to go.
- Slavin: Overcoming Four Barriers to Evidence-Based Education - May 6, 2013
- Sputnik: Taking the guesswork out of policy - January 15, 2013
- Sputnik: Effect size matters in educational research - January 9, 2013
- Sputnik: Technology without supports – like cotton candy for breakfast - January 4, 2013
- Sputnik: Transforming Low-Performing Schools - December 13, 2012
- Sputnik: - November 12, 2012
- Sputnik: It’s the Right Time to do the Right Thing - November 2, 2012
- Sputnik: Sunset for Textbook Adoption in California - November 2, 2012
- Sputnik: What the Presidential Election means for Evidenced-based reform - October 25, 2012
- Sputnik: Won’t Back Down – Union-bashing goes Hollywood - October 12, 2012