This section includes links to summaries of research, literature reviews, and policy briefs organized by DESE's goal of supporting success after high school for all students, as well as the five priorities that support this goal. Use the provided links to find summaries of the evidence base on specific topics. Reviewing the documents associated with these links may prevent you from having to review the evidence base on your own.
Included here are links to the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Practice Guides. The WWC Practice Guides are particularly helpful because they present research-based recommendations on specific challenges districts face, such as building foundational math and reading skills. The practice guides, like the other documents included here, are based on reviews of the research. The practice guides also build on the experiences of practitioners and the expert opinions of a panel of nationally recognized experts. In some cases practice guides are accompanied by supplemental resources such as a practice guide summary.
We have also highlighted in bold any documents that contain information specific to Massachusetts.
Investing in Successful Summer Programs: A Review of Evidence Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
Online schooling: Who is harmed and who is helped?
Preventing Dropout in Secondary School
What we know about Career and Technical Education in high school
Adoption, Implementation, and Effects of Curriculum Materials
Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools
Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-tier Intervention in the Primary Grades
Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade
Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades
Effective Programs for Struggling Readers: A Best-Evidence Synthesis
Encouraging Girls in Math and Science
Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade
Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices
Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8
Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade
Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning
Summer Learning Loss: What is it and what can we do about it?
Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School
Teaching Elementary School Students to be Effective Writers
Teaching Math to Young Children
Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively
Teaching Strategies for Improving Algebra Knowledge in Middle and High School Students
The Impact of Induction and Mentoring Programs for Beginning Teachers: A Critical Review of the Research
The Importance of a Diverse Teaching Force
Taking Teacher Coaching To Scale
Teacher Equity Gaps in Massachusetts
The Theoretical and Empirical Arguments for Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: A Review of the Evidence
Massachusetts Implementation Study
Massachusetts Impact Study
Massachusetts Research Brief
Massachusetts Turnaround Practices Field Guide
Turning around Chronically Low-Performing Schools
Class Size and Resource Allocation
Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making
2013 CASEL Program Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs — Preschool and Elementary School Edition
2015 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs — Middle and High School Edition
A Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Different Types of Parental Involvement Programs for Urban Students
Cluster-Randomized Trial Demonstrating Impact on Academic Achievement of Elementary Social-Emotional Learning
Effects of parental involvement on academic achievement: a meta-synthesis
How the Every Student Succeeds Act Can Support Social and Emotional Learning
The Impact of Enhancing Students' Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions
Looking Inside and Across 25 Leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers (Elementary School Focus)
Social and Emotional Learning Interventions under the Every Student Succeeds Act
Understanding the role of noncognitive skills and school environments in students’ transitions to high school
DESE will continue to update and expand this page to provide districts and schools with greater access to information about evidence-based practices from here in Massachusetts and nationwide. Please contact Kendra Winner with any suggestions or comments at (781) 338-3129 or Kendra.L.Winner@mass.gov .
Last Updated: June 28, 2019
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