ESSA and Evidence Claims
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides a four-level framework for determining evidence-based educational programs: strong evidence, moderate evidence, promising evidence, and demonstrates a rationale. While these levels can provide a general breakdown, other criteria, such as study sample demographics and content standards, are equally important to consider.
This whitepaper provides additional context that educators should weigh about evidence-based interventions under ESSA such as:
- When was the study conducted?
- Was the educational program in the study based on current content and standards?
- How large was the sample size for the study?
- Were the results favorable?
- Does this product truly help students?