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Tools to support selection of evidence-based strategies

In the West Region and beyond, educators are searching for evidence-based programs as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). REL West, in collaboration with the other nine RELs, developed two new tools to support education decisionmakers as they build their own and others’ knowledge about the evidence requirements and consider research alongside local contexts to select appropriate interventions.

  • Accessing & Assessing Research and Evidence
    This clickable guide provides a curated list of resources related to accessing and assessing evidence and research. Organized around six questions (such as “How can I use the What Works Clearinghouse to determine ESSA evidence tiers of an intervention?"), the document links to lists of related resources for each question. It is intended to provide a one-stop shop for state education agency staff and technical assistance providers to build their knowledge and understanding about the ESSA evidence provisions and in turn support districts with their ESSA-related needs.
  • Applicability of Evidence-Based Information
    This tool provides a set of seven considerations to determine if an intervention is suited to one's local context. It will help those tasked with selecting evidence-based programs or strategies, especially those serving rural, small, and Native-serving schools that historically have not been included in education research, to screen research and determine applicability to their settings. It encourages educators to look more deeply at research evidence and interventions that could meet their needs.

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ESSA Implementation (Evidence Use in Education)

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February 28, 2020