Screening parameters have been developed to refine the scope of the Best Practice Summaries included in the Best Practices Clearinghouse (BPC). The criteria for inclusion in the BPC must be broad enough to accommodate a variety of programs and practices. Each key screening parameter is listed below, accompanied by a justification for its inclusion.
- Intervention must take place in Texas. Since the BPC is designed to serve stakeholders in Texas, the intervention should have been implemented and tested in the state.
- Practices must come from campuses or districts rated Academically Acceptable, Recognized, or Exemplary. This is a legislatively mandated requirement for the BPC. The requirement that districts and campuses be at least Academically Acceptable in order to have their practices included in the BPC ensures an extra degree of public confidence in the results by having minimum standards. As another standard, Academically Acceptable districts and campuses must meet the “Recognized” standard in outcome of focus (i.e., TAKS subject area, annual dropout rate, or completion rate).
- Quantitative evidence must be no more than five years old. It is imperative that the BPC focuses on up-to-date practices and ensures that results presented through the BPC are current and relevant. It is possible that a program that worked more than five years ago may not work now, especially given large demographic shifts within Texas in recent years. This screening parameter only concerns quantitative evidence that is reported in the Best Practice Summaries. The literature base used to corroborate quantitative evidence may be of any age.
- Evidence must be linked to a specific intervention. Through interviews conducted with local school/district staff, the BPC will establish whether observed outcomes are attributable to a specific program, policy, or practice(s).