Some blogs managed by k-12 providers are obvious extensions of marketing. Some take a more enlightened perspective. For-profit evaluation firm Empirical Education's monthly Latest Evidence falls in the latter category.
Now that the school improvement industry has been given a two year's reprieve on NCLB reauthorization, it has a second chance to get serious about a credible, but practical definition of the evidence required for programs to qualify for federal funding under Title I. Reasonable people can start from different positions, but should want to arrive at a consensus of all stakeholder groups. That includes providers and educators - not just practitioners of the evaluation arts. And that requires proposals and analysis intelligent laypersons can understand.
Here's where Latest Evidence adds to the dialog.
You don't have to agree with the authors' point of view to leave the site knowing more than when when you arrived.
A Table of Contents:
Congress Grapples with the Meaning of “Scientific Research”
Ed Week: “Federal Reading Review Overlooks Popular Texts”
Should the New NCLB Still Talk about “Scientifically Based Research”?
National Study of Educational Software a Disappointment