Lawmakers Question Education Research’s Usefulness

By Sarah D. Sparks
Published September 17, 2013, in Education Week

Federal education research has gotten more scientifically rigorous, but in a time of shrinking agency budgets, Congress is debating whether it is practically useful. The first reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act-six years overdue and counting-gained some Hill traction last week, as the latest attempt to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act limps in the Senate. The House Education and the Workforce Committee heard testimony Sept. 10 from top researchers on ways to improve the U.S. Department of Education’s research agency, the Institute of Education Sciences. Read the story.