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March 2012

From the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE)

WWC Quick Reviews Redesign Means Faster Release of Education Study Results

What we mean when we say "notable media mention"

To be a notable mention, the study must be released recently and reported on in a major national news source or a major education news publication. To determine whether new education research is reported in major national news sources, the WWC monitors major news sources, news clippings, news aggregator services, and blogs.

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In an attempt to increase the timeliness and relevance of its work, the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has redesign its Quick Reviews to quickly meet the need for impartial reviews of education studies and interventions that receive notable media mentions. Under the new format, a short, timely description and review of a study receiving notable media mentions is released, followed by a complete WWC review.

"We are excited about the launch of these new products," said WWC project officer Joy Lesnick. "The new Quick Review format allows for a more timely assessment of research studies in the news, and the Single Study Review report that follows will be a new WWC product that will provide more detail than the old Quick Review reports."

When the full review is completed, it will be published as a WWC Single Study Review, containing detailed information for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The completed review will be updated on the WWC website.

To date, four Quick Reviews have been released in this new format and are available on the WWC website. For more information about Quick Reviews, see the FAQs page.

Where's Your Proof? Taking Evaluation and Evidence-Based to the Next Level

NCEE Commissioner Rebecca Maynard recently spoke at the Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Conference in Washington, DC. Speaking during a session titled "Where's Your Proof? Taking Evaluation and Evidence-Based to the Next Level," Maynard's remarks focused on the importance of, and strategies for, conducting low-burden, high-yield studies of the innovations being supported under the TAACCCT grant program. The new grant program, administered by the Department of Labor in coordination with the Department of Education, is aimed at improving job training and education programs for dislocated workers.

RELs Release Nine New Impact Studies In February, March

The 2006-11 Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) program released 9 rigorous impact studies in the months of February and March. Each of these studies was designed to estimate the impact of a specific program, policy, or practice being used in that region. Topics included 4 reports on the Success in Sight school improvement program, a Lexile-based summer reading program, the Effects of Making SCIENCE professional development program, and the CMP2 math program. Also included were 5 evaluations on interventions including the Number Rockets program, the Alabama AMSTI program, the QTEL professional development program, the PITC early childhood training program, and the Lessons in Character language arts program.

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