Evidence-Based Practice Resources

Professionally, the term “evidence-based practice” is used both as a noun and as a verb. As a noun an evidence-based practice is an intervention that is based in science. As a verb evidence-based practice is the disposition of a practitioner to base the selection of their interventions in science.

While government policies and CEC’s own professional ethics call on special educators to use evidence-based practices in their classrooms, the special education field is only now developing criteria for classifying practices. As the trusted voice in special education, CEC is taking a leading role in defining criteria for classifying special education practices. 

Additionally, CEC will continue to provide professional development on how to improve practitioners’ evidence-based practice.

Council for Exceptional Children Standards for Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education

CEC EBP Standards 2_Page_01This report was commissioned by the Council for Exceptional Children Board of Directors. A workgroup comprised of seven special education researchers developed, vetted, and piloted the new standards for determining evidence-based practices (EBPs) in special education. CEC’s goal is that the standards will be applied to better understand the effectiveness of a range of practices for learners with disabilities.

CEC Preisdent Robin Brewer acknowledged CEC’s appreciation to its expert members in the workgroup including Bryan Cook, Chair, Viriginia Buysse, Janette Klingner, Tim Landrum, Robin McWilliam, Melody Tankersley, and Dave Test.

Read CEC's Standards for Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education 

CEC Evidence-Based Practice Standards News Release