All About ESSER Funds
In March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act, also known as the ARP Act, was signed into law. The bill dedicated $122 billion for K-12 schools across the country through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds.
Thanks to the federal law, Spring ISD is eligible for $101 million in one-time funds to overcome learning losses and to accelerate academic growth in the wake of the pandemic.
As part of the district’s process to apply for these funds, Spring ISD recently submitted its Recovery Plan to the Texas Education Agency for review and approval. In drafting this document, the district has spent several months working with stakeholders and incorporating that feedback to develop its Recovery Plan, including a community survey and meetings with teachers, parents, students, advisory groups and district leaders.
The result of this work is our Recovery Plan, focused on accelerated learning to be implemented this 2021-22 school year to ensure that all of our students are able to recover successfully from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our framework is based on five tenets:
- Highly Effective Principals and Teachers
- Aligned Curriculum & Ongoing Progress Measures
- Maximize Learning Time
- High Dosage Tutoring
- Safe & Secure Learning Environment
Under each of these tenets, we’ve detailed specific work we plan to do with the expected outcomes. Throughout the year, we will be checking our progress and providing updates to our Board of Trustees.
Our goal is simple: See our student outcomes improve, whether it’s on STAAR/EOC testing or other benchmark assessments. We’ll also be looking at attendance, discipline, parent engagement, graduation, CTE participation and other important measures of success.
We’re also committed to transparency and ongoing feedback. Should you have any questions or concerns about our Recovery Plan, we encourage you to let us know by visiting: https://www.springisd.org/elevate. Once on our elevate landing page, please leave your feedback under the area titled Spring ISD Recovery Plan 2021-22.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does ESSER stand for?
How has the district been gathering feedback on its Recovery Plan?
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Who did Spring ISD consult as it developed its plan?
How does our Spring ISD Recovery Plan also address the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of service?
What’s next with the district’s Recovery Plan?