Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen Their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA
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One of the broad intents of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to encourage evidence-based decision-making as standard practice. This guide provides an initial set of tools to help states and school districts understand and plan for implementing evidence-based improvement strategies.
The following six tools are provided:
- SEA Inventory of Current Practice guides a state education agency (SEA) to take stock of its current continuous improvement practice, especially around evidence-based decision-making.
- LEA Inventory of Current Practice is similar to the above tool, but designed for local education agencies (LEAs).
- SEA Guidance for Evidence-Based Interventions helps a state to reflect on how it will provide guidance to LEAs on evidence-based interventions.
- LEA Guidance for Evidence-Based Interventions is similar to the tool above, but designed for LEAs.
- Intervention Evidence Review guides the review and comparison of interventions that target an identified need.
- Comparing Evidence-Based Interventions guides the determination about the degree to which a particular intervention aligns with a given context.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions, and encourage you to share your experiences and any modifications you make to the tools. We will incorporate your ideas and lessons learned in future versions of this guide, including additional tools.
Product InformationCopyright: 2017
- Tool 1: SEA Inventory of Current Practice (MS Word)
- Tool 2: LEA Inventory of Current Practice (MS Word)
- Tool 3: SEA Guidance for Evidence-Based Interventions (MS Word)
- Tool 4: LEA Guidance for Evidence-Based Interventions (MS Word)
- Tool 5: Intervention Evidence Review (MS Word)
- Tool 6: Comparing Evidence-Based Interventions (MS Word)
Praise for this Resource
This guide honors varied perspectives as a collaborative effort for powerful and compelling school improvement…. The materials are user-friendly and easily modified for specific context (very important). Extending capacity is possible with this guide and tools.Robyn Miller, Deputy Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness and Policy Research, Oklahoma State Department of Education
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