New site helps educators comb through education research

Educators looking for help in trying to implement evidence-based approaches in their classrooms now have a new tool at their disposal: With a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) Institute of Education Science, the Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University has created a free resource called the Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE), which contains educator-friendly summaries of research on educational programs, as well as links to the full-text scientific reviews. Research summaries employ easy-to-understand symbols like those used in Consumer Reports. Topics of the featured studies include elementary mathematics, technology in reading and math, reading for English-language learners, and more. An alternative to ED’s What Works Clearinghouse, the site is intended to give educators and researchers unbiased and useful information about the strength of the evidence supporting a variety of programs available for students in grades K-12.

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