Five Lessons from Massachusetts that Can Help District Leaders Use Evidence to Simplify Decision-Making

Results for America

As students return to school for the first time in three years without most COVID precautions in place, the impact of the pandemic lingers on in our nation’s classrooms. Educators, who work tirelessly to ensure students are cared for and academically challenged, face ongoing, unprecedented challenges as they seek to accelerate learning.

Recent data shows significant (and expected) declines in students’ academic proficiency as a result of missed instruction.¹ However, thanks to a historic federal investment in education, schools have an opportunity to drive bold improvement efforts. Guided by a belief that this funding has the potential to dramatically improve learning experiences, the Rennie Center and EdResearch partnered with five Massachusetts districts to improve alignment of their existing programs and investments with evidence-based strategies.

We saw firsthand the many decisions weighing on district leaders’ minds. And, of course, while evidence is an important factor in making those decisions, it is not the only factor that district leaders must consider. The good news is that evidence can help simplify decision-making.


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