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States Chosen to Work with National Technical Assistance Center to Implement and Scale-Up Evidence-Based Practices


The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) today announced that its national technical assistance center has selected six states with which it will work to expand promising, evidence-based practices for K-12 students.

The states include:

· Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Oregon, which will join forces with the center to actively increase effective, evidence-based practices in those states. · Missouri and Virginia, which will focus on building the foundations for scaling-up implementation capacity.
The national technical assistance center, officially known as the “State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center (SISEP),” was created last fall at the University of South Florida in Tampa with a $999,490 grant from the Office of Special Education Programs.

The center will be moving to the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in early autumn to operate with UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Co-directors at the center include Karen Blase and Dean Fixsen, assisted by partners Rob Horner at the University of Oregon and George Sugai at the University of Connecticut.

“SISEP represents a significant step in growing our knowledge base about what it takes to implement and scale up evidence-based practices,” said Tracy Justesen, assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. “These six states will be developing approaches to close the achievement gap and help students with disabilities reach their academic potential.”

The purpose of SISEP is to promote student academic achievement and behavioral health by supporting implementation and scaling-up of evidence-based practices in education settings. It will work with the selected states to increase their capacity to carry out implementation, organizational change, and systems transformation strategies to maximize achievement outcomes of all students in each state.

An extensive selection process was involved, including a formal request for participation (RFP) that sought written responses to each selection criterion and on-site visits with educators and stakeholders.

The selected states will have representatives who regularly share information about the success of those programs at meetings and conferences.

For more details about the work of the center, see its Web site at The center’s project officers at the Office of Special Education Programs are: Jennifer Doolittle (, 202-245-6673), and Debra Price-Ellingstad (, 202-245-7481).


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