Do randomized control trials in education meet the 'gold standard'?

Wednesday, March 16, Do randomized control trials in education meet the 'gold standard'?

Long considered the "gold standard" for scientific research, randomized control trials (RCTs) have become more frequent in education research since the Institute of Education Sciences prioritized them in 2002. However, RCTs may not meet the "gold standard" for usefulness, as evidenced in findings from Alan Ginsburg and Marshall Smith's new AEI whitepaper. Their identification of bias in 27 RCTs in IES's What Works Clearinghouse raises the question: Do RCTs meet the "gold standard"?


Please join AEI as an expert panel, moderated by AEI's Nat Malkus, debates the role of RCTs in education studies, effective implementations of RCT interventions, and the potential implications for K-12 education policy.

Join the conversation on social media with #RCTatAEI.

John Easton, The Spencer Foundation
Michael J. Feuer, George Washington University 
Alan Ginsburg, US Department of Education (retired)
Nat Malkus, AEI 
Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania
Marshall S. Smith, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

To be held from 4 to 5:15 PM EST at AEI, 1150 17th Street, NW, Twelfth Floor



Washington, D.C.
Event Time: 
March 2016