What Works Clearinghouse
Decisionmakers in education contend with differing messages from high-quality research and from promotional claims. In 2002, the U.S. Department of Educationís Institute of Education Sciences established the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence on what works in education to improve student outcomes. The WWC was charged with developing and establishing WWC Study Evidence Standards and a systematic review system. The goal was to promote informed education decisionmaking through a web-based dissemination system that features comprehensive, systematic, high-quality reviews of studies on the effectiveness of educational programs, products, practices, and policies.
In partnership with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., SRI will lead research reviews and the development of practice guides that are relevant to students with disabilities. The first practice guide involved recommendations for effectively addressing elementary school studentsí behavior issues, and the second one focused on secondary school studentsí behavior issues. After earning certifications, SRI staff members also conduct reviews of research following WWC standards and serve as content experts for topical reviews.(U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, 2007-2012)