The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires school improvement efforts be rooted in “evidence-based activities, strategies, or interventions.” While the term evidence-based has been in other areas of the law for many years, ESSA is the first federal law to define and identify levels of evidence for educational purposes. Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools must embed evidence-based practices in their turnaround plans, while Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools must include evidence-based practices in their comprehensive school improvement plans.
The Kentucky Department of Education has compiled several resources to assist schools in the selection of evidence-based practices. The resources, which can be found on the Evidence-Based Practices webpage, include guidance documents, training modules and tools for schools to use when evaluating evidence and selecting evidence-based interventions. Email Matthew Courtney for more information regarding evidence-based practices.