Center on Education Policy Newsletter
Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner, Maria Ferguson
Published: January 15, 2020
Building a Stronger Future for Evidence-Based Improvement in ESSA Implementation Webinar
January 28, 2020
Maria Ferguson, Executive Director, Center on Education Policy
Anne Hyslop, Assistant Director, Policy Development and Government Relations, Alliance for Excellent Education
Seng-Dao Yang Keo, Director, Office of Student and School Supports, Nevada Department of Education
Candice McQueen, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
Diane Stark Rentner, Deputy Director, Center on Education Policy
To better understand CEP’s implementation research on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including CEP’s latest report A Stronger Future for Evidence-Based School Improvement in ESSA, this webinar focused on the challenges and opportunities for states and districts as they implement evidence-based interventions to support low-performing schools under ESSA.
Unlike the policies that preceded it, ESSA does not require identified schools to adopt a particular set of strategies to improve. But it does require that the interventions selected by schools be backed by evidence of their effectiveness. While this is a more flexible approach, the new requirement to rely on evidence-based strategies has created its own set of implementation issues. This webinar discussed how states, districts, external partners and vendors, researchers, and education advocates have responded to ESSA's evidence requirements and the systems, capacity, supports, and other resources districts need to find, develop, and implement evidence-based approaches.
View the webinar here.