Evidence-Based Practices: Curriculum, Instruction, Intervention & Assessment

Evidence-based curriculum, instruction, intervention and assessment practices help improve student outcomes while bridging the research-to-practice gap.

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All curriculum, instruction, intervention and assessment practices must be evidence-based. Strategic practices backed by meaningful research help improve student outcomes while bridging the research-to-practice gap. To be considered evidence-based, a practice must have multiple demonstrations of effectiveness for the intended population from high-quality experimental studies.

  • Evidence-based Curriculum
  • Evidence-based Instruction
  • Evidence-based Intervention
  • Evidence-based Assessment
  • MTSS Orange Essential Element


    Evidence-Based Practices: Curriculum, Instruction, Intervention & Assessment

Why it’s Essential

Evidenced-based practices increase the likelihood students will have positive outcomes. When schools do not consider the research supporting a practice, they are taking a chance that the time and resources put into the practice will be wasted on ineffective outcomes. While EBPs may not work for every student, quality NeMTSS implementation uses EBPs and assessment data to monitor the effectiveness of the practice and select different EBPs as needed.


Below are guiding questions teams may consider during the NeMTSS building or refining process. These questions are intended to drive team member dialogue, reflect on current practice and determine future action steps.

  • What are the instructional materials, model and expectations?
  • What materials will be used for intervention and what are the expectations and minimum dosage for intervention?
  • What process will the district use to approve materials to supplement core instruction, including the process for selecting new core and intervention materials?
  • How will we document the intervention?
  • What information will be included on intervention documentation form?
  • How will we review intervention documentation data?
  • What technically adequate assessment tools are used, and for what purposes, within the framework?
  • What are the guidelines for administering assessments?


The following Evidence-Based Instruction, Intervention and Assessment Practices items are included on the NeMTSS Self-Assessment:

  1. Evidence-based programs and practices are implemented with fidelity.
  2. A majority of teachers are consistently implementing effective instructional practices to teach critical content.
  3. School schedules are aligned to support multiple intervention levels and are consistently implemented.
  4. There is a systematic screening process and staff engage in ongoing professional learning for assessment administration and data use within the screening process.
  5. Student progress specific to academic, behavior and social-emotional goals is specified and intervention plans are monitored.

AQuESTT Alignment

AQuESTT Tenet: Educational Opportunities and Access

Successful implementation of NeMTSS ensures access to comprehensive instructional opportunities and differentiated instruction for each student.

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