Evidence Based Instruction

This is the personal teaching site of
Carol Hanson
Created at Touro College
Website: schools.webhop.org/tourochanson
Email: tourochanson@gmail.com

Evidence Based Instruction:

Evidence based instruction is an instructional program or strategies which have be tested and have demonstrated success.  This means that the research results are reliable and valid.  As a result, the  research shows there is reasonable evidence to indicate the program or strategies will result in academic gains.

The International Reading Association states that, educators often use the following criteria to gauge if a program or strategies are effective:
  • Objective—data would yield the same results regardless of the evaluator
  • Valid—data measures the identified tasks
  • Reliable—would be able to replicate
  • Systematic—data were collected according to stringent standards
  • Refereed—data have been peer reviewed
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How did EBI begin?


"On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Act, which embodies his education reform plan sent to Congress on January 23, 2001, is the most sweeping reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since ESEA was enacted in 1965. It redefines the federal role in K-12 education and will help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. It is based on four basic principles: stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work"."Reading First ." Ed. Gov. U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Department of Education, 2008. Web. 8 July 2010. <http://www2.ed.gov/programs/readingfirst/legislation.html>.

"Because fewer than than 35 percent of fourth graders are proficient readers, No Child Left Behind requires schools to use research-based reading programs:

A primary focus of this law is the requirement that school districts and individual schools use effective research-based reading remediation programs so all children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. The law authorizes funds 'to provide assistance to State educational agencies and local educational agencies in establishing reading programs for students in kindergarten through grade 3 that are based on scientifically based reading research, to ensure that every student can read at grade level or above no later than the end of grade 3.' (20 U.S.C.§ 6361)" (page 73, Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind)

This is a description of No Child Left Behind


How is Evidence Based Instruction (EBI)  implemented?

Explaination of a Researched Based Program

Evidenced Based Instruction in Special Education:
Council for Exceptional Children

How does Evidence Based Instruction (EBI) relate to the IEP?

Congress made changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act when it drafted IDEA in 2004.  This act helped to ensure that parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys would have the support to fight for the rights of children with disabilities.  It also guaranteed that children with disabilities are taught by highly qualified teachers who use research based instruction. This article focuses on new requirements for personnel training, IEPs, and scientifically based instruction.

Evidenced Based Instruction in Special Education:
Council for Exceptional Children

How to use EBI within specific content areas:
        Early Literacy
        Learning Strategies
        Instructional Leadership

Articles on Evidenced Based Instruction

Research Papers: Criteria for Evidence-based Practice (*Read-only PDFs)

Evaluating the Quality of Evidence From Correlational Research for Evidence-based Practice PDF

Quality Indicators for Group Experimental and Quasi-experimental Research in Special Education PDF

The Use of Single Subject Research to Identify Evidence-based Practice in Special Education PDF

Qualitative Studies in Special Education PDF

Research in Special Education: Scientific Methods and Evidence-based Practices PDF

* These papers were published in Exceptional Children Vol 71-2 (Winter issue).

    Additional articles which may be accessed through NOVELNY  Databases.  You will need your NY State Driver's License to log in.

Effective Instruction Based on Evidence-Based Strategies

Effective Instruction Based on Evidence-Based Strategies