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ESSA Evidence

TDS Research Round Up

A key aspect of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is its commitment to use evidence to drive better outcomes for students. The evidence-based provisions can both improve student outcomes and increase the return on education investments, as more resources are spent on programs and practices likely to have a positive impact. TDS is a well-researched and evidence-based model that meets the ESSA requirements.

ESSA’s definition of “evidence-based” includes 4 levels of evidence. The top 3 levels require findings of a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes or other relevant outcomes based on and are mandatory for school improvement plans funded by 7% set aside (Section 1003):

The 4th level is designed for ideas that do not yet have an evidence base qualifying for the top 3 levels above. This evidence-building level can be referred to as “under evaluation.”



How Much Could We Improve Children’s Life Chances by Intervening Early and Often? by Center on Children and Families at BROOKINGS.







School Interventions That Work: Targeted Support for Low-Performing Students by Johns Hopkins University School of Education for the Alliance for Excellent Education.