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Evidence for ESSA - Six Months in Review

Evidence for ESSA was released on February 28, 2017 by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) to help education leaders at all levels easily identify programs and practices that meet the ESSA evidence standards. The website provides a free, authoritative, user-centered database to help anyone – school, district, or state leaders, teachers, parents, or concerned citizens –find strong, moderate, and promising programs and practices that align to the ESSA evidence standards and meet their local needs. Our goal with the website is to maximize the meaning and usefulness of the new ESSA provisions on practice and in the field.


As of August 28, 2017, almost 22,000 unique users have utilized the website. Several states are using it as they devise their ESSA plans, and some states are asking all of their districts to utilize the site in program planning.


The site was originally released with the following searchable topics:


  •  reading and literacy programs ranging from kindergarten to high school; and
  •  mathematics programs ranging from kindergarten to high school.


Since the site’s release in February, we have continued to add new content features:

  •  many additional studies and programs in K-12 reading and math;
  •  pre-kindergarten reading/literacy;
  •  pre-kindergarten math; and
  •  Ambassador Schools for programs that submit them. These are schools that are willing to be contacted directly so the user can find  out more about the program from those on the ground implementing it firsthand. Ambassador Schools have identifying information  so that users can find a school that is similar to theirs in order to learn more about how theprogram might work in their own setting.


Searches can be further refined by specific, identifiable needs, such as:

  • grade level;
  • interest in whole class or intervention tools;
  • type of community (rural, urban, suburban);
  • demographics studied;
  • level of evidence according to ESSA provisions (strong, moderate, promising); and
  • additional features such as emphasis on cooperative learning, inclusion of parent engagement tools, use of technology, and tutoring, among others.


We are now working on adding additional education topics, including:

  • science programs; and
  • programs to enhance student behavior, attendance, and social-emotional adjustment, and reduce bullying.



We would be happy to provide you with additional information or help your state, district, or school build plans using Evidence for ESSA to help you find proven programs that meet your needs, increase teacher success, and improve student outcomes.


Evidence for ESSA was developed in partnership with the following organizations:

     AASA, The School Superintendents Association

     Alliance for Excellent Education

     America Forward

     American Youth Policy Forum

     Association of Educational Service Agencies

     Chiefs for Change

     National Association of Elementary School Principals

     National Association of Secondary School Principals

     National Association of State Boards of Education

     National Education Association

     National PTA

     National Rural Education Advocacy Consortium

     National Rural Education Association

     National School Boards Association

     National Title I Association

     Results for America


Additional Information

Robert E.Slavin


Center for Research and Reform in Education, Johns Hopkins University or 410-616-2310


Ilana R. Brunner

Director of External Affairs

Center for Research and Reform in Education, Johns Hopkins University or 202-590-0800


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