'Race to Top' Said to Lack Key Science
Scant Evidence for Policies, Researchers Tell Ed. Dept.
Among education researchers, one complaint about the U.S. Department of Education under former President George W. Bush was that it relentlessly promoted “scientific research in education,” while at the same time endorsing some policies that lacked solid research evidence.
With recently published draft guidelines for federal economic-stimulus money and Title I aid, critics are beginning to ask whether much has changed under the Obama administration.
“What is extraordinary about these regulations is that they have no credible basis in research. They just happen to be the programs and approaches favored by the people in power,” writes Diane Ravitch, a research professor of education at New York University, in her blog, Bridging Differences , which is hosted by edweek.org. She served as the Education Department’s assistant secretary for educational research and improvement under...
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