The U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) newly formed Institute of Education Sciences has released the first draft of its plan to evaluate research as part of its web-based What Works Clearinghouse project.

The Clearinghouse, founded in August, aims to become a trusted, one-stop source of scientifically proven teaching practices for educators, policy makers, and the public. It will contain systematically evaluated research to help educators more easily identify scientifically proven teaching methods as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

"Our charge was to develop a


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