The Grants & Funding Team at Savvas Learning Company is here to help school leaders and classroom educators better understand the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund and how it can be used. We’ve created this quick overview of essential information. If you have questions or need assistance, get the support you need from a Savvas expert.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed three stimulus bills that provide economic assistance for American businesses and industries, including education.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act enacted March 27, 2020, $2.2 trillion dollars.
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted December 27, 2020, $900 billion dollars.
Within each of the three stimulus bills, the main program for K-12 education is Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) which distributes the funds based on Title I.
ESSER funds provide your school district an opportunity to implement evidence-based, equity-driven strategies.
Among the allowable activities, ESSER funds can be used for:
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) requires that your district uses at least 20% of its ARP ESSER (also called ESSER-III) funds to address the academic impact of lost instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions.
States have developed varying terminology for their "learning loss" initiatives, including Unfinished Learning, Resilience and Recovery Support, Learning Acceleration, and Addressing the COVID Slide.
While there are many ways to address the academic impact of lost instructional time, the table below provides your district with a sample of Savvas solutions that can immediately help. Many Savvas solutions align to ESSER funding. Check with your Savvas Account Manager.
Below are just some of our featured programs that can be purchased with your ESSER funds. Browse our entire array of programs.
HIGH-QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
K-5 ELA Solution Built on the Science of Reading
Best-Selling K-12 Math Series
K-8 phenomena-based science curriculum
Miller & Levine Biology
9-12 blended print and digital curriculum immerses students in inquiry.
9-12 curriculum organizes learning around compelling, real-world phenomena
9-12 program encourages students to investigate real, compelling phenomena
K-8 social studies curriculum that encourages active inquiry
US History Interactive
High School history curriculum that inspires action
World History Interactive
High School inquiry-based social studies curriculum
6-12 Spanish Program That Builds Language Proficiency and Cultural Understanding
DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION FOR DIVERSE LEARNING
Immersive US and World History Experiences
VALID AND RELIABLE ASSESSMENT
Savvas Math Screener and Diagnostic Assessments
Developed in Partnership with WestEd
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
All-Inclusive Learning Solution with One-Year Digital License to Many of Our Most Popular Programs
CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Savvas Learning Company is the official distributor for Pearson in offering effective, hands-on content in Career & Technical Education to K-12 Schools and Districts.
Exploring Careers for the 21st Century
Grades 7-12 course to guide students in exploring promising career paths
College & Career Readiness
Grades 9-12 course to prepare students for real-world success
Personal Financial Literacy
Grades 9-12 personal finance curriculum
Introduction to Computers & Information Technology
Grades 9-12 course for digital literacy concepts and skills
Learning Microsoft Office 365: 2022 Edition
Grades 9-12 courses for essential computer application skills
MyLab Graphic Design & MyLab Web Design
Grades 9-12 courses for web and graphic design skills
Both are allowed. To aid the academic recovery, districts need high-quality instructional materials to create coherence and offer consistency whether students are learning remotely at home or in person.
Digital licenses: One of the allowable uses of ESSER funds is “Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the local educational agency that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors.”
Textbooks: Multiple States have issued ESSER Guidance stating that high-quality instructional materials are an allowable use of stimulus funds.
In most districts, use of this money will be determined by district-level leadership or by district-level stakeholder planning committees. If you have a project idea related to addressing learning loss or classroom needs related to COVID-19 recovery, reach out to your principal or Federal Programs personnel to understand how priorities will be made locally.
“Learning Loss” is a broad term referring to the pandemic’s effect on school-age students due to:
No. ESSER funds from each stimulus bill must be tracked separately. So most States are referring to them as ESSER-I (from CARES), ESSER-II (from CRRSA), and ESSER-III or ARP ESSER (from ARP).