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Evidence-Based Practices Coaching: Oklahoma State Department of Education

Evidence-based practices (EBPs) are informed and supported by rigorous research that demonstrates consistent, positive impacts on student outcomes. As of the 2018/19 school year, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that education leaders include EBPs in improvement plans for low-performing schools. Under ESSA, schools receiving federal funding must use EBPs for specific programs as indicated in Title I, Title II, and Title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

To support ESSA compliance, this REL Southwest coaching project built the capacity of staff at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to identify and select EBPs and apply the knowledge to the OSDE school improvement process. The project included the co-development of a set of sessions and resources for OSDE, local education service providers, and districts and schools to highlight the alignment of ESSA requirements for EBPs with the Oklahoma 9 Essential Elements of Effective Schools.