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January 12, 2018

The What Works Clearinghouse: Looking Back on 2017

Something that those who believe randomized control are the only way that good research is done from Wednesday’s inbox…

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The What Works Clearinghouse: Looking Back on 2017

As we celebrated our 15th anniversary in 2017, the What Works Clearinghouse continued its tradition of identifying evidence-based practices for educators. See what we were up to over the past year…(Click here to see an online version of our year in review.)
Updating the WWC’s standards and procedures to keep pace with current research

Engaging with the education community

Evaluating the evidence behind different education interventions, programs, practices, and policies

  • Added more than 1,500 studies to expand the Reviews of Individual Studies database to more than 10,200 studies.
  • Released reports on 16 interventions across 5 topics:

    8 in Math
    4 in Literacy
    2 in Transition to College
    1 in Special Education
    1 in Teacher Excellence

  • Released 1 new practice guide with evidence-based recommendations for educators: Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools (PDF). Check out the accompanying summary (PDF) for a quick introduction to the recommendations.

Offering new resources to website users

  • Launched 5 new videos to help users better understand the WWC’s website, resources, and products.
  • Introduced 2 sets of instructional tips [problem solving (PDF), elementary writing (PDF)], highlighting key concepts and relevant steps for implementing recommendations in WWC practice guides.

We enjoyed bringing you the information you need to make evidence-based decisions in 2017, and we look forward to identifying and summarizing evidence from even more high quality research in 2018.

If you didn’t have a chance to connect with us in 2017, we hope you will contact us and find us through Facebookand Twitter in 2018!

The What Works Clearinghouse is an initiative of the Institute of Education Sciences, the independent, non-partisan research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about the work of IES on its website and follow IES on Facebook and Twitter.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).


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