Flypaper appears to have the scoop on who will be the Obama administration’s choice to head the Institute of Education Sciences. It’s another Chicagoan: John Q. Easton, the executive director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research. You can read his biographical information here.
According to the blog post, Easton’s nomination is still in the vetting process, but, unless he has unanticipated tax problems that threaten to derail his Senate confirmation, he is set to replace Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst, who left the institute directorship in November.
The consortium does not do much in the way of randomized controlled trials, so Flypaper reasons that Easton’s arrival will mean a change of focus at the IES, which has worked hard to bring that research design into its repertoire of study methods. We’ll see.