SEARCH & TEACH is approved by the Joint Dissemination Review Panel (JDRP) of the Interdisciplinary Model for national validation. The JDRP, created back in 1972, has supported the SEARCH & TEACH program for over 30 years.

The JDRP was composed of over 20 in-house Federal staff members with evaluation and dissemination expertise who were drawn from many Education Division offices. Since the JDRP saw its role as reviewing the evidence of effectiveness, they relied on the submitting offices to pre-review the submissions “for social fairness of content and procedures, and for honesty, completeness, and accuracy of the evidence supporting the intervention's effectiveness.” (The Joint Dissemination Review Panel Ideabook, 1977, p.1, ERIC ED148329.htm).

This “mark of excellence” is awarded to few projects, clearly indicating the outstanding nature of SEARCH & TEACH. As stated by the Director of the Division of Innovation and Development of the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped:

“The Panel's vote to unanimously approve the model for national validation is further testimony to your program's success.”