The Education Commission of the States and Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) have launched a new online tool to help policy makers, education leaders, reporters, and other stakeholders better understand and evaluate education research. Called "A Policymaker's Primer on Education Research: How To Understand, Evaluate, and Use It," this interactive, online document helps stakeholders answer three questions: what does the research say; is the research trustworthy; and how can the research be used to guide policy? The primer--which should prove to be an invaluable resource for school leaders, given NCLB's new emphasis on scientifically based research--provides an overview...

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