ESSA Sets Example for How Federal Policy Can Leverage Evidence to Improve Results

ESSA Sets Example for How Federal Policy Can Leverage Evidence to Improve Results

December 5, 2019

As Jed Herrmann reports in The Regulatory Review, the Every Student Succeeds Act is a key example of “landmark bipartisan legislation that is helping identify and invest in what works” in K-12 education by increasing “the use of rigorous evidence” to improve results. ESSA “requires state education agencies to invest 7 percent of their federal funds allocated for improving basic educational programs….in evidence-based interventions.” States like Nevada are even building on this requirement, expanding the use of evidence-based interventions and seeing “improved results in the form of early increases in test scores,” with proficiency in reading and math on the rise in “nearly all students from third to eighth grades.”