Imagine Learning & ESSA
At Imagine Learning, we are committed to conducting rigorous research that meets the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence standards. Imagine Learning exceeds the minimum requirement set out by the law for product effectiveness. We are excited to share our strong, moderate and promising research for our products.
What is ESSA?
The purpose of the Every Student Succeeds Act is to elevate educational standards and accountability across the nation. Under ESSA, educational technology is considered evidence-based if it is supported by research that meets the methodological requirements of a Strong, Moderate, or Promising study design and demonstrates significant, positive student outcomes.
The Department of Education has recommended that educational agencies consider adopting programs that meet any of ESSA’s three levels of evidence as they are the most likely to produce positive student outcomes.
What does ESSA mean by evidence-based?
The Every Student Succeeds Act suggested that in order for a program to be evidence-based it must be evaluated using rigorous scientific methods and be well-designed and well-implemented using the following methods:
✓ Experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational research design
✓ Treatment and control groups
✓ Rigorous statistical analysis
✓ Statistically significant positive results
✓ Nationally-normed assessment
✓ Multi-site research
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