Call for ‘Scientifically Based’ Programs Debated
The question, posed at a recent conference here, was this: Is the federal government’s call for "scientifically based research" in education a mandate or just strong advice?
Nearly 26 months after President Bush signed the federal No Child Left Behind Act, that question still looms.
Although the law is known best for its bold testing and accountability requirements, it has helped put the phrase "scientifically based research" on the lips of educational decisionmakers from coast to coast. It calls on educators to use research to guide a wide range of school practices, including reading instruction, professional development, technical...
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