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Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 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…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Researchers, Federal Regulation, Federal Government
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2009
This article reports that two programs for teaching mathematics in the early grades--Math Expressions and Saxon Math--emerged as winners in early findings released last week from a large-scale federal experiment that pits four popular, and philosophically distinct, math curricula against one another. But the results don't promise to end the…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2008
With political change coming soon to the nation's capital, policymakers and national groups are trying to divine what the shifts might mean for the U.S. Department of Education's long-running, and sometimes controversial, campaign to transform education into an "evidence based" field. The movement to promote more scientifically rigorous…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Politics of Education, Scientific Methodology, Federal Legislation
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2007
Bemoaning the quality of education research--and offering prescriptions for improving it--have become popular pastimes in recent years. Now, some scholars say, it is time to take a hard look at the consumers who use, underwrite, ignore, or misconstrue the knowledge born from studies in the field. Often, political concerns dilute the impact of…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Policy, Politics of Education, Federal Legislation
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2006
This article discusses how a U.S. education research arm earned qualified praise for playing a difficult role. Concerned about the credibility of federally financed education studies, Congress passed a law in the fall of 2002 that replaced the U.S. Department of Education's top research office with the Institute of Education Sciences. This article…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Educational Resources, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2005
After meeting as a community to set policy on schools and other matters since 1766, residents of Deerfield, New Hampshire, are altering that democratic process to make room for modern demands. This article describes the decision in Deerfield to discontinue holding the traditional New England annual school district meeting. Instead, by a thin…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, School Districts, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2004
After nearly two years in development, a new federally backed research service on "what works" in education began rolling its first products off the assembly line. Launched with $18.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the newly operational What Works Clearinghouse is the department's electronic version of a "Consumer…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Clearinghouses, Federal Programs, Web Sites
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2004
Out amid the weed-choked factory lots and the bare yards of housing projects in Birmingham, Alabama, Steve Orel has become a kind of hero. The 50-year-old Orel runs the World of Opportunity School out of an old industrial building. Affectionately known as WOO, the school is a private, shoestring operation that offers students who have fallen…
Descriptors: High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Educational Policy, Educational Testing
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2004
Five-and-a-half years ago, against the advice of his wife and his academic colleagues, Samuel C. Stringfield stepped out of his ivory tower. The then-50-year-old education researcher, a nationally known expert on school improvement, became a member of the Baltimore city school board. Until the time came when he left the board and the Center for…
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Researchers, Educational Change, Boards of Education