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Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ensures that all students, regardless of their zip code, have access to the support and services they need to reach their full potential. Under ESSA, districts provide “evidence-based interventions” to aid in this improvement. To qualify as “evidence-based,” an intervention can meet any of the four tiers of evidence as defined by the US Department of Education.

Levels of Evidence

  • Logic model/theory of action that is research based 
  • Active effort to study the effects of the intervention underway

At least one well-designed and well-implemented correlational study (with controls for selection bias) links the intervention to the outcome.

At least one well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental study links the intervention to the outcome.

At least one well-designed and well-implemented experimental study links the intervention to the outcome.

Catapult Learning, an expert in regulatory compliance, offers assistance and tools so you can be ensured the programs you choose are built on research that accurately meets ESSA’s definition of evidence-based.

Our Programs

Program Demonstrates a Rationale Promising Evidence Moderate Evidence Strong Evidence Resources
AchieveLiteracy X
AchieveMath X
School Transformation X

Catapult Learning is currently working with the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University to further evaluate the efficacy of Intervention strategies in both Reading and Math.