All individuals can learn and lead productive
lives when provided the proper learning environment - responsibility for learning rests with those teaching and not those learning.
Quality education must:
address the needs of all students, regardless of ability, race, gender, or socio-economic background.
focus on education policies and practices that are efficacious (have the potential to work, proven by rigorous scientific research) and effective (actually do work in a practical setting given all the social and environmental factors influencing that setting).
facilitate the translation of information, interventions, and outcomes from research to practice - resulting in effective application of proven interventions at the classroom level.
be based on scientific research that is rigorous, transparent, and current.
Scientific research and evidence-based education
are required to accomplish measurable school reforms -- professional
opinion alone is not adequate for evaluating the effectiveness of
educational policies and practices.
Evidence-based education must include efficacy and effectiveness research, implementation strategies, and ongoing progress monitoring to be effective.
Vision, training, resources, and support are essential to implement effective education interventions -- school accountability alone is inadequate.
Applied behavior analysis provides a scientific framework for designing, implementing, and evaluating education policies and practices.