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What’s Next for the What Works Clearinghouse Mark Dynarski 2008 IES Research Conference June 2008 A brief history Launched in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence Identifies topic areas, develops standards, begins reviewing research literature

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What’s Next for the What Works Clearinghouse

Mark Dynarski

2008 IES Research Conference

June 2008


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A brief history

  • Launched in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence

  • Identifies topic areas, develops standards, begins reviewing research literature

  • To date, reviewed over 1,600 studies of almost 400 interventions

  • Released 90 intervention reports, 5 topic reports, 4 practice guides, 5 quick reviews


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Themes

  • Objective: Bring answers to educators

  • Focus groups: Educators want clear information quickly

  • Practice guides seen as useful and pitched at the right level


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Current review activities

  • Four active areas

    • Beginning reading, middle school math, early childhood education, dropout prevention

  • New areas

    • Adolescent literacy, high school math and science, writing, professional development, out-of-school time

    • Special education topics: dyslexia, ADHD, behavior, autism


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Practice Guides

  • Four released

  • Two nearing release (adolescent literacy and dropout prevention)

  • Two being prepared

    • Response to intervention (reading)

    • Behavior in the classroom

  • More underway

    • Response to intervention (math)

    • Preparing low-income students for college

    • Out of school time

    • Data-driven decision making


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    Quick Reviews

    • Purpose: assess whether recent high-visibility research is consistent with WWC standards

    • Five released, more in progress, wide range of topics

      • After-school programs

      • Student drug testing

      • Computer-based instruction in pre-algebra

      • Financial incentives for AP grades

      • Sixth grade in middle or elementary school



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    Under development

    • Standards for Single-Subject and Regression Discontinuity Designs

    • Enhancements to existing standards

      • Attrition

      • Equivalence in quasi-experimental designs

      • Extent of evidence

  • Registry of Randomized Trials


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    Suggestions or comments?

    E-mail to info@whatworks.ed.gov

    or

    Go to “Contact” on whatworks.ed.gov


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