A Fresh Start for ‘What Works’?

December 17, 2007 1 min read

In a recent Education Week commentary, Robert E. Slavin writes that the 5-year-old What Works Clearinghouse, designed to provide educators with a central and trusted source of evidence on what works in education reform, has failed to produce information that is scientifically justified or useful.

But the clearinghouse may get a fresh start now that the Mathematica Policy Research Inc. has won the contract to operate the federal endeavor, which is the flagship of the Institute of Education Sciences, argues Mr. Slavin, a co-director of the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

What do you think? How can the What Works Clearinghouse provide practitioners with more useful information about education research?

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.