Can Randomized Trials Answer the Question of What Works?

Bhattacharjee, Yudhijit

This is an aricle from the March 2005 issue of Science magazine exploring alternative and experimental assessments of math and science curriculum currently used in schools.

Susan Sclafani of the Department of Education is challenging current evaluation methods and the field of evaluation research to try more experimental methods so that educators can have quantitative data backing up math and science programs.

Subject Area
  • science, math, engineering, technology (STEM)
Delivery Area
  • school based
  • professional development
  • curricula and lesson plans
Outcome Area
  • academic performance
  • teacher practice
Participant Area
  • student
  • educator
  • administrator
Age Area
  • early childhood (2-5 years old)
  • elementary (6-11 years old)
  • middle school (12-14 years old)