IES proposes Standards for Excellence for ed research studies

I predict pre-registration will make some people very unhappy. Register Studies. Did the researcher execute the research and analysis activities as originally proposed in a recognized study registry? Did the registration describe key elements of the study protocol, including a limited number of primary outcomes?  Are any deviations from those plans clearly documented and their rationale…

Genes explain as much variation in educational attainment as income

Over the past five years, Benjamin has been part of an international team of researchers identifying variations in the human genome that are associated with how many years of education people get. In 2013, after analyzing the DNA of 101,000 people, the team found just three of these genetic variants. In 2016, they identified 71…

Preschool is bad for kids

Say that at small scale, you have really high-quality early childhood education — but at large scale, the education may not be that great, because of all the aforementioned difficulties in growing the program. It’s possible that the small project is better for kids than the various child-care arrangements that parents make now, and the…

The null hypothesis in education

Depressing and probably true. In education, the null hypothesis is that nothing makes a long-term, scalable, replicable difference. That is: 1. Take any pedagogical innovation or educational intervention.  2. Subject it to a controlled experiment. 3. Evaluate the experiment’s outcome several years later. 4. If the experiment works, attempt to replicate the experiment in more…