Why You Need More Than "One Good Study" To Evaluate EdTech

MIND Research Institute

Highly credible edtech evaluation lists give top marks for just one RCT (randomized controlled trial). Meanwhile, any other program with studies not meeting the RCT bar of rigor is by comparison downgraded—no matter how many other high quality studies they may have, under how many different conditions, in what timeframe, or even with repeated positive results. How do you know the program works for all the grade levels you plan to adopt?

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Edtech Data Improves Purchases and Student Performance


Evaluating the Evaluation Process. Administrators can consider factors such as whether the schools are urban, suburban, and rural, and how many students participate in Title I programs. edWeb Blog data edtech edtech evaluations Schoolwide Performance

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The dark side of education research: widespread bias

The Hechinger Report

And that may be leaving teachers and school administrators in the dark about the full story of classroom programs and interventions they are considering buying. In order to tap into federal school improvement funds, for example, low-achieving schools with disadvantaged children are required to select programs that have been rigorously tested and show positive effects. The study, “ Do Developer-Commissioned Evaluations Inflate Effect Sizes?

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Let Evidence Guide the Solutions to Student Absenteeism


During one school year, random families received, via regular mail, four-five attendance reports—written at a fourth-grade reading level and in a language spoken at home—ranking their children’s attendance rates in comparison to those of their classmates’. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

OPINION: When less-affluent families pay too much for child care

The Hechinger Report

The real angst of my economically fortunate friends pales in comparison to the financial challenges and difficult choices faced by parents who don’t have much discretionary income but need out-of-home care for a young child. Participation rates in center-based care vary dramatically by the age of the child, starting with 13 percent of children from birth to one year of age regularly attending a center-based program and rising to 66 percent of four-year-olds.