Arizona Department of Education does not endorse or require the use of any specific evidence-based clearinghouse; districts may use the clearinghouses or stand-alone research reviews conducted by a third party. We also provide a variety of resources to support the identification of evidence based practices and programs to support your school and district transformation.
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. Our goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions.. WWC includes topics such as: literacy, mathematics, science, behavior, children and youth with disabilities, the path to graduation and early childhood.
How does the What Works Clearinghouse evaluate evidence?
WWC uses a systematic review process to evaluate research studies to determine the quality of the research and the strength of the evidence produced by research. This infographic illustrates the WWC rating process.
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development provides a registry of evidence-based positive youth development programs designed to promote the health and well-being of children and teens
How does Blueprints evaluate evidence?
Blueprints programs are rated as Promising, Model, or Model Plus. Promising programs meet the minimum standard of effectiveness. Model and Model Plus programs meet a higher standard and provide greater confidence in the program’s capacity to change behavior and developmental outcomes. See more information in their Criteria Factsheet
Evidence for ESSA provides information on programs and practices that meet each of the top three ESSA evidence standards in a given subject and grade level. The site includes reading programs and math programs in grades K-12
How does Evidence for ESSA evaluate evidence?
The website uses the four levels of evidence recognized by the Every Student Succeeds Act:
Strong evidence: At least one well-designed and well-implemented experimental (i.e., randomized) study.
Moderate evidence: At least one well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental (i.e., matched) study.
Promising evidence: At least one well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias.
Demonstrates a rationale based on high-quality research findings or positive evaluation that such activity, strategy or intervention is likely to improve student outcomes or other relevant outcomes.
Core Reading Programs & Interventions
As a local control state, schools and districts have the liberty to select curriculum and instructional materials that they feel best to meet the needs of their student population.
However, A.R.S. 15-704 requires all schools and charters that serve any K-3 students to adopt an instructional curriculum which meets select criteria.
Aligned to standards
Address the essential components of reading
ESSA evidence-based at one of the top three tiers
Vendors used across the state submitted information (in the table below) which may or may not meet the legislative criteria and listed requirements.
Programs in green meet all criteria.
Programs in yellow meet some criteria and may be under current additional review.
Note new programs currently performing an efficacy study to establish that it meets an approved evidence level.
Programs in red do not currently meet legislation and should not be adopted for use with K-3 students in Arizona.
**Remember school improvement funds can only be used for programs and interventions that are rated strong, monderate and promising.