1. Sandra, what’s your take on the evidence requirements for the new funding initiative “Investing In Innovation”? I have some concerns about it not paying sufficient attention to non-experimental evidence of effectiveness, differential effects or type II translation. http://tiny.cc/tripleigaps

  2. It is more of the same from the DOE, unfortunately. The methodological monism will drive both the kinds of initiatives put forward as innovative (those that probably are not central to the real questions because if they were it would be unethical to deny students/families access through random assignment) and the means for assessing their viability (only randomized or quasi experimental designs). I suspect this funding initiative will result in little that is innovative and even less that fundamentally addresses the challenges of either providing equal opportunity for all students, let alone equal outcomes for all students.

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