“This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 25 number 6,
Authors: Krista Kutash, Albert J. Duchnowski, and Nancy Lynn, " The Use of Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies in Special Education Settings in Secondary Schools: Development, Implementation and Outcomes", Pages 917-923, Copyright Elsevier (August 2009)”.
The lack of effective training and an inability to maintain fidelity are two major barriers to implementing evidence-based practices in schools.
This study examined the level of implementation of evidence-based practices by teachers after they participated in a unique training program aimed at enhancing the use of evidence-based practices.
The results indicate that five months post-training, 62% of the evidence-based strategies had been implemented and these levels were maintained 13-months post-training.
While the level of exposure to students of the evidence-based practices was low, significant longitudinal improvements in reading and levels of inclusion were documented.