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Best Evidence Encyclopedia and Evidence for ESSA

The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) is a website created by CRRE that provides easy-to-read, Consumer Reports®-style reviews of various types of K-12 education programs, including early childhood programs, elementary and secondary reading and math programs, and programs for struggling students and English-language learners. To be included on the BEE, reviews must meet a set of rigorous research standards.

Hundreds of programs are reviewed on the BEE and rated by CRRE researchers according to their evidence of effectiveness in improving student outcomes. The ratings range from insufficient evidence of effectiveness to strong evidence of effectiveness.

Educators can use the BEE for various purposes:

  • To find research support for a current program or practice
  • To check the evidence of effectiveness for a new program a school is considering
  • To guide a school improvement process   
  • For professional development

In addition, researchers tasked with conducting a study of an educational program can use the BEE to identify other rigorous studies to use as a benchmark for their own work. The site is also used by policy makers to understand what good research says about programs and practices.

Evidence for ESSA is a free web-based resource created by CRRE that provides easy access to information on programs that meet the evidence standards defined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The website is designed for education leaders at the state, district, and school levels, to provide information to state chiefs, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and anyone else interested in using evidence to inform their conversations about what is best for students. The website has widespread support from membership organizations representing leaders of America’s states, districts, schools, and classrooms, as well as parents and policy makers.