Lawmakers Question Education Research's Usefulness
Federal education research has gotten more scientifically rigorous, but in a time of shrinking agency budgets, Congress is debating whether it is practically useful.
The first reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act—six years overdue and counting—gained some Hill traction last week, as the latest attempt to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act limps in the Senate. The House Education and the Workforce Committee heard testimony Sept. 10 from top researchers on ways to improve the U.S. Department of Education’s research agency, the Institute of Education Sciences.
“As we develop policies to strengthen the institute, we should consider streamlining the federal research structure to reduce duplication, enhance accountability, and make it easier for states and school districts to access important information,” said U.S. Rep. John Kline,...
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