The New York Times recently reported on a “New Effort Aims to Test Theories of Education,” which adds to the growing list of groups and organizations who are astounded at the lack of decent research on what works in education.
Others who have pointed to the deplorable lack of decent research on education include Arthur Levine, past president of Columbia Teachers College, who has written extensively about the very poor quality of research informing the training of teachers and the equally weak training that most people engaged in education research have been getting.
Even the US Department of Education understands the seriousness of the situation, and this governmental agency formed the What Works Clearinghouse six years ago to assemble reports on various curriculum programs and other items that meet minimal tests of scientific rigor.
Sadly, most policy-making educators in Kentucky don’t seem to be paying attention. Kentucky’s educators still opt for curriculum programs that haven’t a single, quality report in the What Works Clearinghouse that shows they work. However, you can go into the clearinghouse and see for yourself if your school’s current math or reading program has any decent research behind it. If you are having problems finding information on the programs your school uses, give us a shout. We’d like to know who is and isn’t using credible teaching programs in Kentucky.