Effective Practices and Predictors

NTACT is charged with assisting stakeholders in implementing evidence-based and promising practices and predictors that promote positive post-school outcomes for all students with disabilities. Throughout the website and other resources from NTACT, effective practices and predictors have been evaluated regarding the amount, type, and quality of the research conducted, and are labeled as either (a) evidence-based, (b) research-based, or (c) promising. Currently NTACT is not identifying “unestablished” practices, but recognizes that there is a body of practices in the field for which there is not yet evidence of effectiveness. These designations indicate the confidence one can have in the likely effectiveness of the intervention, when implemented as defined and recommended. Please see our descriptors, definitionscriteria, and about NTACT’s levels of evidence, if you are interested. Additionally, if you have questions about our ongoing process of reviewing the literature in the field of secondary special education and transition including transition planning, academic instruction, employment and life skills preparation, school completion, and vocational rehabilitation, please contact Dr. David Test, dwtest@uncc.edu.

NTACT has developed Practice Descriptions and Lesson Plan Starters for many of the Effective Practices and Predictors. Additionally, NTACT will link users to outside sources, such as the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Evidence-Based Practices for Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC on EBPs for VR) for more detailed explanations of practices identified through other sources. In each of the Effective Practice Descriptors, the evidence for the practice will be indicated.

Effective Practices and Predictors Matrix

Effective Practices and Predictors (PDF / Printable List)

Effective Practices and Predictors

NTACT disseminates resources to guide practice that are developed from the best available evidence of effectiveness. Throughout our website resources developed directly from the research are indicated as Evidence-Based, Research-Based, or Promising. Learn More...

Evidence-Based Practices

  • demonstrates a strong record of success for improving outcomes
  • uses rigorous research designs
  • adheres to indicators of quality research

Research-Based Practices

  • demonstrates a sufficient record of success for improving outcomes
  • uses rigorous research designs
  • may adhere to indicators of quality research

Promising Practices

  • demonstrates some success for improving outcomes
  • may use rigorous research designs
  • may adhere to indicators of quality research

Unestablished Practices

  • demonstrate limited success for improving outcomes
  • is based on unpublished research, anecdotal evidence, or professional judgment

Additional Background Resources

Annotated Bibliographies

NTACT develops annotated bibliographies on current topics in secondary transition, school completion, and post-school success to assist novice and seasoned researchers. We are currently updating some of the annotated bibliographies written under the NSTTAC grant. If you are looking for a specific resource, please contact us at ntactmail@uncc.edu and we can let you know the status of its development.

Quick Guides

NTACT develops Quick Guides on topics that have relevance to secondary students with disabilities, but have been thoroughly researched and described by other organizations or centers. The Quick Guides overview the topic and its relevance for secondary students with disabilities and provide links to resources that may be useful for administrators, practitioners, family members, or youth.

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