The Good, The Bad, and the Unscientific: Evaluating
Education Research

by Brian L. Carpenter, PhD

While most educators agree that education policy, instructional methods, and curricula should be based on sound research, people still get away with selling unproven educational programs because school leaders don’t know how to evaluate the advertisers’ research claims.

Our students deserve better. The purpose of this brief primer is to to help charter school leaders and other potential purchasers of education programs evaluate the research the programs cite.

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