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Upholding ESSA's Evidence-Based Requirement For School Improvement: The Role of a State

Using evidence to drive better outcomes

CIS believes that ESSA is an opportunity for states to rethink school improvement, rather than continue the School Improvement Grant strategies under NCLB. In this short brief, CIS suggests provisions that could help states commit to the use of evidence to drive better outcomes for their students.

As states start planning for ESSA implementation, we urge them, in particular, to implement the law’s provisions on evidence-based interventions with strong technical assistance and a high bar for quality and fidelity to the law’s intent. We believe states must be arbiters of quality to make sure students most in need receive the services that have the best track record of success. Implemented well, these evidence provisions can both improve student outcomes and increase the return on education investments.

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