Yes, how wonderful it would be if reform efforts were driven by research rather than by some politician's political leanings.
But there is also a problem with research. Too often studies are over a limited period of time. I suggest we look at our top students, and see what abilities they have, and try to figure out how they acquired them.
I did this for years with reading. I found out that my top students--the kids who scored very high on the SAT exam and did very well in all of their classes--were all avid readers. But--too bad!-- the Common Core Standards are driving the kind of curriculum that is almost guaranteed to discourage avid reading.