Kutash et al.
Kutash, K., Duchnowski, A. J., & Lynn, N. (in press). The use of evidence-based instructional strategies in special education settings in secondary schools: Development, implementation and outcomes. Teaching and Teacher Education.
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 posttraining, 62% of the evidence-based strategies had been implemented and these levels were maintained 13-months posttraining. 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.