Evidence-based practices play an important role in ESSA. AIR experts have compiled a list of key resources to help education leaders choose the right evidence-based practice or program for your district or school and bring positive outcomes for their students.
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5 Apr 2019
Evidence-based practices are commonly understood as those practices informed by research that lead to improved educational outcomes. This action guide offers education leaders three action steps to ensure the evidence-based practices they select meet ESSA requirements and fit their specific needs.
9 Mar 2016
School improvement policy for the past few decades has been characterized by mandated lists of activities designed to stimulate a dramatic turnaround in student achievement. In the long run, this policy approach did not engender the necessary school-level changes. This brief demonstrates why new policies must aim to get the right people in our schools and to create district and state systems that retain those people and build their knowledge and skills.
26 May 2015
New research is again highlighting the wide variation in states’ student performance standards and overly optimistic reports of student proficiency. Alicia Garcia argues that, going forward, states must adopt evidence-based methods of standard setting that prepare students to compete in the global marketplace.
13 Feb 2015
Content standards, not performance standards, have been almost the sole focus of state policies and recent conversations about academic standards. Aiming High: Setting Performance Standards for Student Success shows that state performance standards are consistently low and extremely variable across states. To address this issue, states should adopt evidence-based methods for setting standards, such as the benchmark method, to ensure students are prepared to compete in the global marketplace.