The misdirection of reform efforts with schoolwide intervention programs raises some serious concerns:
- It calls into question the validity of all federally funded and disseminated research about how to help disadvantaged students during the 1990s.
- It points to severe shortcomings in how the U.S. Department of Education (DoEd) awards R & D and dissemination grants.
- It casts doubt on the ability of DoEd to exercise proper due diligence over ongoing efforts to use research to validate effective practices.
- It calls into question the changes made in Title I and the overall approach to school reform.