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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Doing What Works Website

Source: Thea Scott, Director of Three-Tiered Model Coordination, Office of Quality Schools

Intended Audience: All Educators

Date: October 15, 2010

The Doing What Works (DWW) website ( is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.  The goal of DWW is to create an online library of resources that may help teachers, schools, districts, states, and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice.  DWW is led by the Office of Planning, Evaluation & Policy Development (OPEPD) at the U.S. Department of Education.  OPEPD relies on the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education (and occasionally other entities that adhere to standards similar to those of IES) to evaluate and recommend practices that are supported by rigorous research.

Much of the DWW content is based on information from IES' What Works Clearinghouse (WWC).  The WWC evaluates research on practices and interventions to let the education community know what is likely to work.  For each practice, it issues a guide and/or an intervention report that describes what the practice involves and what the research says.  In addition, some DWW content is based on other information and materials from IES.  DWW provides examples of possible ways educators might apply those research findings.

Two new guides are currently posted on the DWW website: Response to Intervention (RTI) in Primary Grade Reading and Response to Intervention (RTI) in Elementary Math.

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