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Meet ESSA Requirements

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act, calls for states and school districts to use evidence-based interventions, methods and practices that have been scientifically shown to have positive impacts on student achievement. 

BellXcel has an incredibly strong research and evaluation base. Over the past quarter century, we have participated in multiple studies that meet ESSA's strict standards. School districts have reviewed and confirmed our evidence. By partnering with BellXcel, you can tap into federal funding to expand access to evidenced-based learning in your schools and community. 

Levels of Evidence Within ESSA

ESSA offers four levels by which an intervention can be shown to have evidence of impact. The top tiers of evidence - levels 1, 2, and 3 - are all equally eligible for the use of federal funds.

Level 1: Strong Evidence

  • At least 1 well-designed and well-implemented experimental study (i.e. randomized control trial study) showing statistically significant positive impacts related to the intervention.

Level 2: Moderate Evidence

  • At least 1 well-designed and well-implemented quasi- experimental student (i.e. matched comparison study) showing statistically significant positive impacts related to the intervention.

Level 3: Promising Evidence

  • At least 1 well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias showing linkages between the intervention and the outcome.

Level 4: Under Evaluation

  • Offers educators the opportunity to continue to build evidence while meeting local needs. Well-specified logic model informed by research or evaluation that intervention is likely to improve student outcomes. Includes ongoing efforts to collect evidence, ideally promising evidence or higher. This level is an important way for you to implement new strategies and rigorously evaluate results to build your evidence base.


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Top 5 Reasons School Districts Choose Us

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Evidence-based, check. Measurable outcomes, check. Proven, check. Find out why for over 25 years, school districts have chosen BellXcel to expand evidence-based learning time in their communities.

Meeting ESSA Evidence

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Montgomery County Public Schools Study

In 2016, the Montgomery County Public Schools Office of Shared Accountability commissioned an independent evaluation of BELL Summer’s (now BellXcel Summer) impact throughout the year using multiple regression analyses that included both BELL attendees and non-attendees and controlled for students’ characteristics, including their initial abilities. The evaluation found BELL scholars significantly outperformed non-participants in third- and fourth-grade math and reading meeting level two standard of evidence.

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Urban Institute Study

In 2008, BELL (now BellXcel) participated in a rigorous, independent Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) study conducted by the Urban Institute. This study found statistically significant evidence that BELL's model increases scholars' reading achievement and parental engagement meeting level one standard of evidence.