What Does ‘Evidence-Based’ Really Mean?

The American Rescue Plan authorized $120 billion in education relief funding to help states and students recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, reserving a portion of the aid for evidence-based interventions targeting learning loss.

Despite its long-standing presence in America’s educational lexicon, however, the term “evidence-based” is not as concrete or even widely understood as many may believe.

Renowned researchers and policy experts Jonathan Supovitz (University of Pennsylvania) and Carrie Conaway (Harvard University) join CPRE Knowledge Hub managing editor Keith Heumiller to discuss the evolution and impacts of evidence-based requirements in the U.S., and some recommendations for states, districts and other stakeholders planning for the immediate future, and beyond.