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?