Updated at 9:49 a.m.
Is there a crisis of quality in education research?
With an infinite amount of research on education available, the Economic Policy Institute and the National Education Policy Center are taking on the gargantuan task of separating the dirt from the diamonds. In a forum Sept. 29, a team of education experts will discuss NEPC's new book, Think Tank Research Quality: Lessons for Policy Makers, the Media and the Public, in an attempt to distinguish between the junk and the science.
In effect, the book and the forthcoming forum posit that too much shoddy research ends up in the hands of policy makers and the media. Are they right? Or are they part of the problem? Is there an area of education research -- charters, teacher evaluation and teacher pay, among others -- that isn't sufficiently rigorous?
CORRECTION: The book is by NEPC; EPI is involved in the forum but not the book itself.