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Introduced in House (12/21/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6563


To establish a national leadership initiative to promote and coordinate knowledge utilization in education to increase student achievement consistent with the objectives of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 21, 2010

Mr. Holt introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To establish a national leadership initiative to promote and coordinate knowledge utilization in education to increase student achievement consistent with the objectives of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short Title.

This Act may be cited as the “Knowledge and Innovation for the Next Generation of Learning Act of 2010”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

The Congress finds the following:

(1) Historically, the United States has under-invested in education research and development despite evidence that scientifically validated innovations in teaching and learning can result in significant improvements in student achievement and success.

(2) When understood as systematic innovation, research and development can spur education improvement in scalable and sustainable ways.

(3) Education research and development should be part of a strategy for innovation and ongoing improvement within individual classrooms, schools, and other learning environments, as well as within specialized research and development units.

(4) The active involvement of teachers, principals, local educational agency administrators, and State school officers in knowledge and innovation activities is essential to the effective application of research-based knowledge to policy and practice.

(5) More instructional activities and practices supported by scientifically valid research need to be developed to meet the current and expected demands of educators in schools.

(6) National leadership is needed to provide targeted initiatives, collaboration, and coordination of innovative best practices in teaching and learning to ensure that classroom educators have access to, and effectively use practices supported by, scientifically valid research.

SEC. 3. Purposes.

The purposes of this Act are to promote and coordinate the use of research-based knowledge to assess, accelerate, expand, and sustain innovation to increase student achievement. To assist the Federal Government in achieving this purpose, this Act does the following:

(1) Establishes the National Center for Knowledge Use within the Institute of Education Sciences to administer knowledge use and innovation programs that develop and bring to scale successful educational practices that are based on scientifically valid research.

(2) Creates a Developing What Works Venture Fund for the fast development of scientifically valid research innovations to solve persistent problems of instructional practice in schools.

(3) Establishes and supports a National Knowledge Officer Program of Chief Knowledge Officers to help schools collect, translate, and apply the best available empirical evidence for solving problems of instructional practice to increase student achievement.

(4) Creates the National Leadership Office for Research to Innovation to strengthen coordination across the Department of Education and other Federal departments and agencies to ensure that educational practices, policies, and investments based on scientifically valid research are brought to scale.

SEC. 4. National Center for Knowledge Use.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary of Education shall establish a National Center for Knowledge Use within the Institute of Education Sciences.

(b) Commissioner.—The National Center for Knowledge Use shall be headed by a Commissioner who shall have a high level of expertise in the use of knowledge to foster innovation, including promoting the effective implementation of the results of research in the classroom and managing large institutions or consortia that conduct a broad array of research applications. The Commissioner shall be appointed by, and report to, the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences. The Commissioner is authorized—

(1) to select, appoint, and employ such officers and employees as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the National Center for Knowledge Use; and

(2) to disseminate widely information on scientifically valid research, statistics, and evaluation on education to State educational agencies, local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, the public, the media, voluntary organizations, professional associations, and other constituencies, especially with respect to information relating to—

(A) reading, mathematics, science, and foreign languages;

(B) closing the achievement gap between high-performing students and low-performing students;

(C) educational practices that improve academic achievement and promote learning; and

(D) education technology, including software.

(c) Overall mission.—The Commissioner of the National Center for Knowledge Use shall foster and support the use and application of scientifically valid research to develop and disseminate innovative practices and policies—

(1) to promote quality and integrity through the use of accepted practices of scientific inquiry to obtain knowledge and understanding of the validity of education theories, practices, or conditions;

(2) to promote scientifically valid research findings that can be applied to improve academic instruction and lifelong learning; and

(3) to provide to educational institutions technical assistance related to paragraphs (1) and (2).

(d) Specific duties.—The Commissioner of the National Center for Knowledge Use—

(1) shall carry out sections 5 and 6;

(2) shall administer the regional educational laboratories;

(3) shall administer the National Library of Education (established in section 172(d) of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. 9562(d)); and

(4) shall administer the Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouses (established under section 941(f) of the Educational Research, Development, Dissemination, and Improvement Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 6041(f)).

(e) Grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.—The Commissioner of the National Center for Knowledge Use, directly or through grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements—

(1) shall promote the use of scientifically valid research to develop innovative solutions to persistent problems of instructional practice;

(2) shall support and promote the effective coordination of current federally supported educational research-based programs, including active participation in inter-agency or intra-agency research projects; and

(3) shall promote the use and application of research and development to improve instructional practice in the classroom.

SEC. 5. Developing What Works Venture Fund.

(a) Establishment.—The Commissioner of the National Center for Knowledge Use shall establish a program to be known as the “Developing What Works Venture Fund” under which the Commissioner shall make competitive grants to eligible entities that develop scientifically valid research to foster school improvement. The purpose of such grants shall be to develop, bring to scale, and disseminate the use of scientifically valid research innovations in education.

(b) Eligible Entities.—In this section, the term “eligible entity”—

(1) means an organization, institution, agency, or institution of higher education (or partnership of such institutions) that has demonstrated expertise in the use of research-based knowledge to foster innovation in education; and

(2) includes existing federally supported knowledge and innovation programs, such as regional educational laboratories, national research and development centers, comprehensive centers and consortia, national clearinghouses, and other entities involved in research, development, dissemination, technical assistance, and evaluation.

(c) Use of funds.—The Commissioner of the National Center for Knowledge Use may not make a grant to an eligible entity under this section unless the entity agrees to use the grant for one or more of the following:

(1) Developing innovative curricular and instructional tools using scientifically valid research for addressing persistent problems of practice in schools.

(2) Targeting efforts to classroom educators working with subgroups whose test scores indicate that those subgroups need improvement under the adequate yearly progress calculation required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, including economically disadvantaged students, students from major racial and ethnic groups, students with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency.

(3) Supporting efforts to identify, develop, and disseminate promising practices in the implementation of education innovation that are supported by scientifically valid research, including those practices developed by the regional educational laboratories, national research and development centers, comprehensive centers and consortia, national clearinghouses, and other entities involved in research, development, dissemination, technical assistance, and evaluation related to instructional practice.

(4) Promoting entrepreneurship to develop for consumers new solutions, innovations, and choices in education for consumers that are supported by scientifically valid research.

(5) Developing networked communities of knowledge for sharing and disseminating promising practices and innovations.

(d) Applications.—To seek a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall submit to the Commissioner of the National Center for Knowledge Use an application at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner may require.

(e) Authorization of Appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $200,000,000 for fiscal year 2011 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years.

SEC. 6. Chief Knowledge Officer Program.

(a) Establishment.—The Commissioner of the National Center for Knowledge Use shall establish a program of multi-year grants to State educational agencies to establish a Chief Knowledge Officer Program. Award amounts under the program shall be determined based on the percentage of funds received by a State under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311 et seq.).

(b) Mission.—The mission of the Chief Knowledge Officer Program shall be to enable local educational agencies and schools to work in collaboration with entities knowledgeable about education research to address problems of instructional practice in chronically low-performing schools. The program shall involve a corps of Chief Knowledge Officers, each of whom shall be employed by a State educational agency and whose duty it shall be to connect educators and administrators with high-quality, evidence-based, relevant solutions for the most critical problems of practice in local educational agencies and chronically low-performing schools. The number of Chief Knowledge Officers per State may vary depending on the number of chronically low-performing schools served by the State educational agency.

(c) Duties.—A Chief Knowledge Officer shall—

(1) conduct analyses to better inform teachers and school administrators about the empirical evidence available to solve problems of educational practice to increase student achievement;

(2) research the problems of practice that prevent students from passing State examinations and making academic progress that have been identified in the local educational agency at issue, using scientifically validated research;

(3) contribute as State education agency leadership develops programs, policies, or strategies for using research on successful educational practices;

(4) participate in a national network of Chief Knowledge Officers;

(5) develop effective induction and ongoing professional development experiences for teachers;

(6) support innovations in curricula;

(7) foster the effective use of technology-based applications in classrooms;

(8) contribute to professional performance assessment systems that focus on the most important competencies for student success and provide useful feedback to facilitate instructional improvements; and

(9) communicate complex research findings to an audience of non-specialists.

(d) Applications.—A State education agency desiring to receive a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Commissioner at such a time, in such a manner, and containing such information as the Commissioner may require. Such an application shall include—

(1) a list of the low-performing schools that will be targeted for support by means of services of Chief Knowledge Officers;

(2) how Chief Knowledge Officers will be recruited, selected, and trained;

(3) a description of the nature of services to be provided in the designated schools, such as combining resources into school support teams, and providing on-line “ask the expert” advice;

(4) how the Chief Knowledge Officers will collaborate with local educational agencies and entities knowledgeable about education research;

(5) how the State education agency shall issue progress reports to the Department; and

(6) how the State education agency shall evaluate the effectiveness of the services provided.

(e) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2011 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years.

SEC. 7. The National Leadership Office for Research to Innovation.

(a) Establishment.—The Secretary shall establish in the Department of Education a National Leadership Office for Research to Innovation.

(b) Director.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The National Leadership Office for Research to Innovation shall be headed by a Director appointed by the Secretary.

(2) EXPERTISE.—The Director shall be an expert in the effective use of scientifically valid research, including—

(A) promoting the effective implementation of the results of research in the classroom; and

(B) managing large institutions or consortia that conduct a broad array of research applications.

(3) OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES.—The Director is authorized to select, appoint, and employ such officers and employees as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the National Leadership Office for Research to Innovation.

(c) Functions.—The Director of the National Leadership Office for Research to Innovation—

(1) shall ensure that educational practices, policies, and investments based on scientifically valid research are brought to scale and fully coordinated across the Department and other Federal department and agencies;

(2) shall encourage the use of new technologies in appropriate research-based efforts in education;

(3) shall support the effective coordination of current federally supported education research programs including the regional educational laboratories, the university-based research and development centers, comprehensive assistance centers, national clearinghouses, and other entities involved in education-related research, information dissemination, and technical assistance;

(4) shall submit to the Congress and the Secretary a biennial report containing—

(A) an analysis of the state of knowledge and innovation in education practice;

(B) an assessment of the efforts to increase the use of education practices supported by scientifically valid research; and

(C) recommendations for changes in policies to further promote progress in knowledge and innovation in education; and

(5) shall promote coordination among Federal departments and agencies administering research-based education programs and services by means of an inter-agency task force comprised of the following members:

(A) Relevant assistant secretaries in the Department of Education.

(B) The Director of the Institute of Education Sciences.

(C) The Commissioner of the National Center for Knowledge Use.

(D) The Director of the National Science Foundation.

(E) The Director of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.

(F) Other members designated by the Secretary.

SEC. 8. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) CHIEF KNOWLEDGE OFFICER.—The term “Chief Knowledge Officer” means a professional who—

(A) has—

(i) previous teaching or research experience and an advanced degree with a concentration in research analysis or research design;

(ii) prior experience in a State educational agency, local educational agency, school network, or state agency setting; or

(iii) prior for-profit, non-profit, or public sector consulting experience; and

(B) has—

(i) a strong background in quantitative analysis;

(ii) extensive experience in managing projects;

(iii) excellent interpersonal skills; and

(iv) the ability to communicate complex research findings to an audience of non-specialists.

(2) COMPREHENSIVE CENTER.—The term “comprehensive center” means an entity established under section 203 of the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. 9602).

(3) ENTITIES KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT EDUCATION RESEARCH.—The term “entities knowledgeable about education research” means the following:

(A) The Institute of Education Sciences.

(B) National research and development centers.

(C) Regional educational laboratories.

(D) Comprehensive centers.

(E) Other designated Federal, State, and local sources and providers of educational innovation and improvement.

(4) KNOWLEDGE USE.—The term “knowledge use”—

(A) means the interactive processes involving research, development, dissemination, technical assistance, and evaluation in which research-based knowledge is applied to improving instructional practice; and

(B) includes activities essential to school improvement, such as—

(i) development and evaluation of practical applications of research, such as procedures, policies, practices, programs, materials, and training;

(ii) the use of research-based technical assistance and professional development for policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders;

(iii) collection and dissemination of information, data, and statistics related to education and methods of instruction;

(iv) initiatives for building linkages among research, policy, and practice in education; and

(v) an infrastructure for increasing capacity for the use of instructional research and its applications.

(5) NATIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER.—The term “national research and development center” means a research and development center supported under section 133(c) of the Educational Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. 9533(c)).

(6) REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL LABORATORY.—The term “regional educational laboratory” means an entity established under section 174 of the Educational Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. 9564).

(7) SCIENTIFICALLY VALID RESEARCH.—The term “scientifically valid research” has the meaning given such term in section 200 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021).

(8) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Education.


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