The time is right

Jonathan Sharples and Jonathan Haslam consider the importance of bringing evidence to bear on education policy and practice

“We’ll invest in innovative programs that are already helping schools meet high standards and close achievement gaps.” President Barack Obama, Address to Congress, February 24, 2009

ACROSS THE POLITICAL DIVIDE there is now a strong consensus that evidence should be used as the basis for what is practiced in schools. The time seems right to build on this consensus and move forward with an approach that sees good evidence brought to bear on the programs and practices that are used in schools. There are a number of elements needed to make this happen, and it will take time to get them all in place.

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May 2009