Applications for New Awards Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions and Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions
Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions and Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions grant programs is to support rigorous evaluations of education interventions implemented by SEAs and LEAs that have important implications for improving student education outcomes. The evaluations are low cost because they rely on administrative records or other available data and are completed within a two-year period. The evaluations are rigorous because they use randomized controlled trials or regression discontinuity designs that, if well implemented, would meet What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards without reservations for determining the effectiveness of interventions.
Estimated Available Funds:$1 million for each of the two competitions.
Estimated Number of Awards: The maximum number of awards made for the Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions Grant Program will be four. The maximum number of awards made for the Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions Grant Program will be four.
Two million federal education dollars will be given to eight grantees to evaluate the effectiveness of their special education programs.
Why are we spending federal dollars to evaluate the special education programs of eight SEA’s and/or LEA’s? The effectiveness of their programs is assessed by the educational success of their students. This is determined locally by the parents of the students and the community in which they live.
The purpose of this award is to funnel more money to companies that survive off of federal educational dollars to insure their profit margins.
To spend $2,000,000.00 dollars to evaluate programs that should be under constant assessment procedures by the teachers and school community, is a waste of valuable educational resources.
Spending education dollars to support the profits of private companies is a travesty.
Our children deserve our education dollars to be spent on actually providing every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens.
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