TheWhat Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was created by the IES in 2002 to providescientific evidence about what works in education. What Works Clearinghouse complies research ondifferent programs, products, practices, and policies in education to assisteducators in make evidence-based decisions on programs for their school. What Works Clearinghouse has staff dedicatedto conducting reviews of specific topics. TheWWC has three main quick links. Thefirst link investigated was the practice guide link. The practice guides were developed to helpwith any obstacle that might arise in our classrooms or school. Once on the practice guide link you canquickly find the topic you our looking for by using the practice guide searchfeature and entering keywords about your topic.
I really liked the search option, it was detailed, but not so detailedthat it turned me off of going through it. The keywords used in my search of practice guides were “high school”. The first result was for preventing dropoutin secondary schools. The guide listedfour recommendations on how to reduce dropouts rates and how to improvegraduation rates.
Each of the four recommendationshas its own guide that provides steps and examples of how to implement thepractice. While looking at this practiceguide page I noticed that certain words were underlined. When you click on theunderlined word the site gives a definition of what the word means and how it isused for on the WWC website. Thesecond quick link on the WWC website is intervention reports.
The WWC provides studies that can be useful forin improving our school. Theintervention report looked at was called Positive Action. The main page of this report gave an overviewof the program, the findings, and a description of the research demographic.
The main page also had a link for the WWCSummary of evidence for Positive Action. This summary includes a snapshot of the evidence, an interventionreport, and review of the protocol. Thesummary feature would be very useful when comparing similar programs to seewhich program is best for your school. Thethird quick link on the WWC website is reviews of individual studies. This link allows you to determine if aspecific study has been looked over by the WWC.
Information can be found using a search bar or selecting options, suchas, rating, design, and/or topic from a drop down menu. Studies that have been reviewed will includedetails of the WWC rating of the “quality of evidence”. This link can be very useful for finding evidencefor grant applications or to identify evidence strategies that are supported bythe WWC to achieve educational improvement goals that are requirements underthe Every Student Succeeds Act The WWC provided a webinar onNovember 16, 2016 to teach administrators how to use WWC resources to findevidence on what works in education. Thewebinar gave educators an overview of the features of the website andintroduced new features. The webinar wasrecorded and you can watch the presentation or read the transcript.