Better Evidence, Better Choices, Better Schools: State Supports for Evidence-Based School Improvement and the Every Student Succeeds Act


By Fleischman, S., Scott, C., Sargrad, S.

The Center for American Progress and Knowledge Alliance

Publication August, 2016
Better Evidence report cover

Much will change in practice and policy as ESSA replaces the law, regulations, and guidance established through NCLB, but two elements of the new legislation stand out: the shift away from federal mandates toward greater state and local authority and the emphasis on evidence-based school improvement practices.

There are eight key ways that states can help school districts make decisions based on evidence and improve their lowest-performing schools.

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