ERIC Number: EJ864153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-7
Reference Count: N/A
"Race to Top" Said to Lack Key Science: Scant Evidence for Policies, Researchers Tell Ed. Dept.
Education Week, v29 n6 p1, 18-19 Oct 2009
In comments on the proposed federal guidelines for stimulus funds, some researchers say there's no evidence for the policies touted. 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. For their part, department officials are not yet answering the criticism. They did not respond to repeated requests from Education Week to address such complaints. The lack of research reflected in some of the department's school-improvement initiatives is a disappointment, though, to researchers and advocates who were encouraged by President Barack Obama's Inauguration Day pledge to "give science its rightful place" in government decisionmaking. The evidence behind Race to the Top's call for giving priority to states that don't impose caps on the growth of charter schools, likewise, is far from definitive, various commenters said.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Researchers, Federal Regulation, Federal Government, Education, Public Agencies, Guidelines, Evidence, Politics of Education, Attitudes, Validity, Definitions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; New York