State Support Network Partnering for School Improvement

Evidence-Based Interventions Community of Practice

The State Support Network (Network) is launching an evidence-based interventions community of practice (CoP) to help State educational agencies (SEAs) address the evidence-based provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that require states and districts to consider evidence-based interventions that demonstrate a statistically significant effect on improving student or other relevant outcomes supported by four levels of evidence: strong evidence, moderate evidence, promising evidence, and evidence that demonstrates a rationale based on high-quality research or positive evaluation. The CoP will create a shared online space for teams from SEAs, and eventually teams from Local educational agencies (LEAs), to work with each other and experts to:

  • Understand and explain evidence-based regulations as outlined by ESSA
  • Identify and implement evidence-based interventions as part of a continuous improvement cycle
  • Support districts in their use of the continuous improvement cycle to identify and implement evidence-based interventions
  • Refine current or proposed criteria for identifying evidence-based interventions in state ESSA consolidated plans

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Evidence-Based Practices in School Improvement: Five Profiles of Promising Practices

These five profiles of promising practices, framed by the US Department of Education's non-regulatory guidance for strengthening education investments, highlight each profiled site's processes, tools/artifacts, and relationships leveraged throughout an evidence-based decision-making cycle. The profiled sites include one State educational agency and three local educational agencies, including one public charter school district.

Resource Synthesis

This synthesis of resources presents a literature base that can be used when starting to research evidence-based practices for school improvement. The tools and resources that are included can be utilized by SEAs, LEAs, schools, and school-level stakeholders to support an evidence-based decision-making cycle in the selection and implementation of evidence-based interventions for school improvement.

Note: The evidence base listed in the review of resources included in this document is based solely on a review of the study design (one component of the ESSA requirements) and while it may point to a level of evidence under ESSA, it has not been fully reviewed based on ESSA requirements. Such a review would be needed to confirm the level of evidence.

Profile Webinars

Using Evidence in State Education Agencies to Strengthen Education Investments and Achieve Student Outcomes. This webinar was designed for SEA leaders seeking to build-their capacity to use evidence when supporting LEAs and schools to select and implement interventions that will improve outcomes for students in accordance with ESSA. This webinar features Kathy Ryder, director of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (WI DPI's) Response to Interventions (RtI) Center, about WI DPI's use of evidence-based practices and evidence-based decision making when supporting LEAs and schools to implement and sustain RtI systems.

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Using Evidence as a Local Educational Agency to Strengthen Education Investments and Achieve Student Outcomes. This three-part webinar series focused on the use of evidence-to select and implement interventions in schools that will improve outcomes for students in accordance with ESSA.

November 17, 2016 | Webinar 1: Planning for Success: Using Evidence to Identify Local Needs & Select Relevant Evidence-Based Interventions

In the first webinar of the series, attendees learned from district leader Phil Hardin, about the use of evidence by Iredell-Statesville Schools (I-SS) in Statesville, North Carolina, when assessing the local needs of schools and designing a blended learning project, Innovative Methods for Personalizing Academics, Complemented by Technology (IMPACT), to improve educator effectiveness and student achievement in reading and mathematics in grades 6-12.

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December 1, 2016 | Webinar 2: Ensuring Success: Using Evidence to Plan for and Implement Interventions to Achieve Student Outcomes

In the second webinar of the series, attendees learned from Dr. Ritu Khanna, San Francisco Unified School District's Chief of Research, Planning, and Assessment, about the district's use evidence to plan for and implement a systems approach to accelerate student achievement in 16 persistently low-achieving schools in two San Francisco neighborhoods.

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December 8, 2016 | Webinar 3: Measuring Success: Using Evidence to Examine and Reflect on What Works

In the final webinar of the series, attendees learned from IDEA district leaders Tricia Lopez, director of Special Programs, and David Castro, director of Secondary Individualized Learning, about the district's use of evidence to monitor implementation, and measure the impact, of two programs demonstrating positive results for students- Critical Student Intervention (CSI) and Catalyst.

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Resource Links by Topical Focus


Planning for Implementation:

Examine and Reflect:

Regional Educational Laboratories resources on how to learn what's working in your setting: