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Understanding ESSA Levels of Evidence


John Hughes


People often ask what the research says about improving education but rarely do they think about the fact that not all research is equal in quality. Although the Every Student Success Act (ESSA) encourages states and districts to use the highest quality research available to help struggling schools, figuring out what qualifies as strong evidence is challenging. The REL Southeast is helping the Florida Department of Education meet that challenge with training on the ESSA levels of evidence. Participants learn what it takes for a study to qualify as strong evidence along with key terms to identify its evidence level. Coaching sessions will continue throughout 2018 and beyond as requested.


"The specifics of the different levels of evidence was very clear and will certainly be useful when looking at research."

"I enjoyed the informed interaction. The topic was useful."