IES Gets Mixed Grades as It Comes of Age
U.S. education research arm earns qualified praise for playing hard role.
Concerned about the credibility of federally financed education studies, Congress passed a law in the fall of 2002 that replaced the U.S. Department of Education’s top research office with the Institute of Education Sciences.
More focused and politically independent than its predecessor agency, the new institute also had a new mission: to foster “scientifically based” research that might offer definitive insights on how to improve schooling.
Now, four years later, all the pieces of that overhaul are in place, and critics and outside experts are giving it mixed,...
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