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A recent New York Times article ["Guesses and Hype Give Way to Data in Study of Education," published Sept. 2, 2013,] draws attention to the fact that less than half of U.S. school districts are aware of research showing what really works in science and math education.

Since 2002, the federal Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has supported 175 randomized studies--the gold standard for methodology--and its What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has rated the evidence behind education programs and materials, applying the same rigor federal agencies use to assess the effectiveness of medical treatments.

Dr. Carol Allred is the developer of Positive Action, one of the few programs to have passed the WWC's rigorous examination, and the only program to have attained its highest rating ("positive") in both the behavioral and academic realms. Allred said she is glad to see the Times raise the issue of the need for well-designed trials and careful assessment.

"I look forward to the time when every school, every student can be assured they are using the most effective programs possible," Allred said. "I urge the Institute of Education Sciences to continue supporting this important research. Education dollars and student lives are too precious to waste on ineffective curricula."

Click here to view the New York Times article

Click here to view the What Works Clearinghouse report on Positive Action.