An Educator's Guide to

Does this research finding apply to my classroom, school, or district?
How do I determine if the research is designed to support these claims?
How is student achievement measured?

Research Evaluation Checklist

Review the questions on the right and select those that reflect your primary concerns. Then proceed to the associated sections for more detail. Using the "checklist" links help you navigate.

Also, to help you understand how to evaluate research, examples from different fictional research studies of an imaginary program will appear in the green box. These examples will illustrate the key elements to consider when evaluating research quality.

Example Study

Study Overview

Computer Reading Fun combines advanced technology with scientific teaching techniques. The goal of Computer Reading Fun is to accelerate reading achievement for all students. This booklet summarizes the research-based evidence of Computer Reading Fun's effectiveness. Students in Computer Reading Fun classes do better in reading and other subjects, including math, science, social studies, and writing. Attendance is also better at Computer Reading Fun schools. Many schools using Computer Reading Fun report growth in reading achievement of two grade levels in one year.

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This site was created by the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International under a task order from the Planning and Evaluation Service, U.S. Department of Education (DHHS Contract # 282-00-008-Task 3).

Last updated on: 11/04/02