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Which Came First the Money or the Phrase 'Scientifically Based Research'

The phrase 'scientifically based research' appears 111 times in the No Child Left Behind Act. It is there with good reason. If teachers, schools and states are going to be held accountable for raising student achievement, they need the tools that will allow them to identify and utilize effective practices and programs. The only tried-and-true tool for generating cumulative advances in knowledge and practice is the scientific method.

— Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst
director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the Education Department
Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations

April 2003


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