The U.S. Department of Education wants to know what program should be next for an intensive evaluation.
Most federal education programs are required to set aside a part of their budgets to conduct evaluations. In practice, evaluations of large programs can take decades, and smaller programs often fall to the back of the line. Congress’ fiscal 2014 appropriations legislation allows the department to pool funds for several smaller evaluations to support larger and more rigorous studies.
In a post last week on its official blog, the department calls on educators, researchers, and the public to suggest their “most pressing problems of policy and practice” to help it decide what to evaluate first. The deadline is Dec. 1.
A version of this article appeared in the November 05, 2014 edition of Education Week as Ed. Dept. Seeks Suggestions on What to Review Next