Why isn’t education research more useful to policymakers? By Michael J. Petrilli

 
Why isn’t education research more useful to policymakers?
By Michael J. Petrilli
Thanks to the vision, courage, and persistence of the first director of the Institute for Education Sciences, Grover “Russ” Whitehurst, education research is no longer the laughingstock of the social sciences. Every week, we find multiple studies published on important topics, employing rigorous methodologies, and yielding findings that can inform classroom practice. This is an enormous accomplishment. Still and all, we’re not nearly as far along when it comes to publishing rigorous research that is relevant to policymakers, especially state leaders and lawmakers, who make many of the big decisions when it comes to K–12 schooling. Why is that? Read more.

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