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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

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
themes
Themes
  • Objective: Bring answers to educators
  • Focus groups: Educators want clear information quickly
  • Practice guides seen as useful and pitched at the right level
current review activities
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
practice guides
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
quick reviews
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
under development
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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