Esser how to navigate federal relief funding for K-12 education

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How to navigate federal
relief funding for K-12 education

About the funds

To aid in recovery from the pandemic, a variety of federal acts have designated more than $200 billion in K–12 education funding to states and local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools, through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund. Funds will be distributed based on each state’s share of Title 1 funding and may be used for addressing unfinished learning, implementing extended learning and summer programs, as well as investing in instructional materials, educational software, professional learning, and assessments. Non-public schools with low-income students have access to Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) stimulus funds, which can be used to address their specific learning needs.

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Using ESSER funds to address unfinished learning

From addressing unfinished learning to working toward proficiency and achievement goals, the MAP® Suite and NWEA Professional Learning offer the right tools to help educators both during the school year and over the summer.

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Administer high-quality assessments, track progress, differentiate learning

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Implement evidence-based activities

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Provide information to assist parents and families

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Track attendance, improve engagement

LEAs may use ESSER funding to purchase NWEA solutions for the following allowable uses.

  • At least 20% of funds must be applied to addressing unfinished learning, including:
    • Administering and using high-quality, valid, and reliable assessments to accurately assess students’ academic progress and assist educators in meeting students’ academic needs, including through differentiating instruction
    • Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students
    • Providing information and assistance to parents and families on how they can effectively support students, including in a distance learning environment
    • Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education
  • Purchasing education technology including hardware, software, and connectivity
  • Planning summer learning, after-school programs, or online learning during the summer
MAP Suite

How NWEA can help

Our team is ready to help you evaluate how the MAP Suite supports your instructional and operational plans. We want to ensure accurate data for every student—regardless of where and when learning is happening—so that educators can target instruction and improve outcomes for all kids.

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MAP Growth

MAP Growth™ is the most trusted and innovative assessment for measuring learning and growth in K–12 math, reading, language usage, and science.

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MAP Reading Fluency

MAP Reading Fluency™ is an online, adaptive benchmark, universal screening, and progress monitoring assessment that efficiently measures oral reading fluency, literal comprehension, and foundational skills. It uses advanced technology to enable group testing, automatically record and score each student, and deliver instructionally useful data.

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MAP Accelerator

Developed jointly with Khan Academy®, this innovative online tool simplifies math differentiation for grades 3–8. MAP Accelerator™ uses MAP Growth math scores to automatically generate personalized learning pathways of standards-aligned Khan Academy content.

NWEA Professional Learning

We partner with educators to design and deliver measurable, research-driven learning experiences to improve student learning outcomes through effective and equitable instructional practices. We deliver high-quality online, onsite, virtual, and blended learning experiences that help educators effectively align assessment, instruction, and curriculum in order to drive measurable impacts in the classroom.

Build your plan with purpose

From understanding how to apply various funding sources to a research-informed approach to adopting solutions, you can lean on the insight and analysis from our experts to inform your recovery plan.