Evidence-based Practices

Evidence-based Practices

Published: 6/27/2019 9:57 AM

In December 2015, the United States Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through a law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Designed to increase flexibility for state and local school systems, ESSA provides schools with new opportunities for innovation and school improvement.​​

​One requirement under ESSA is that school improvement efforts be rooted in "evidence-based activities, strategies, or interventions". While the term evidence-based has been in other areas of the law for many years, ESSA is the first federal law to define and identify levels of evidence for educational purposes.

ESSA breaks intervention categories down into four levels: Strong Evidence, Moderate Evidence, Promising Evidence, and Demonstrates a Rationale. The tools and resources on this page are designed to make it easier for schools to identify and implement evidence-based practices with fidelity.

Supporting Materials

General Materials

Resources for Finding Evidence

Tools for Evaluating Evidence

Webinars and Training Opportunities

Elevating Evidence - Meeting ESSA's Evidence-based Requirements

The Every Student Succeeds Act (2015) calls on education leaders to deepen their understanding and expand their use of evidence-based decision making. KDE staff will be hosting several workshops throughout Kentucky to introduce attendees to ESSA’s evidence-based provisions and facilitate conversations about common issues in educational research. As part of this training, participants will evaluate a study that is relevant to their local setting and will leave with a completed study analysis that meets KDE compliance expectations. While all school and district leaders are welcome, this workshop is designed for principals and teacher leaders who want a deeper understanding of ESSA’s evidence-based practice provisions. 

Three-hour morning and afternoon sessions will be offered at each location. Space is limited, register today! EILA credit is available for this workshop. Please visit the Elevating Evidence Workshop Registration site to register for the session of your choice. The dates and locations of the meetings are as follows:

  • July 9, 2019. Regional Postsecondary Education Center, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, 620 College Street Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

  • July 11, 2019. Hazard Community & Technical College, One Community College Drive, Hazard, KY 41701
  • July 23, 2019. The Brown Badget, Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center, Madisonville Community & Technical College, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville, KY 42431
  • July 25, 2019. Gateway Community and Technical College, 500 Technology Way, Florence, KY 41042
  • July 30, 2019. Rocky Adkins Pavilion, Ashland Community & Technical College, 902 Technology Drive, Grayson, KY 41143

​Matthew Courtney
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2116 Ext. 4016
Fax (502) 564-7820
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