Recent ESSA Report Highlights Five Ways to Prioritize Evidence-Based Decision-Making

Recent ESSA Report Highlights Five Ways to Prioritize Evidence-Based Decision-Making

November 7, 2019

A new ESSA report released by Results for America “suggests that when it comes to using evidence to improve schools, state and local leaders don’t always have to go for the most demanding option.” The report includes “five ways to prioritize evidence in state and local spending decisions,” emphasizing the importance of prioritizing evidence when making spending decisions. However, the report suggests that educators do not need to be so rigid in applying those approaches. The report essentially provides “lighter lift” and “heavier lift” options for making evidence-based decisions, giving educators more flexibility and leeway to pursue options that work best for their districts’ and schools’ needs.