In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress created the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund, releasing billions of dollars for K-12 students through 2024:
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund
|Funding||ESSER I||ESSER II||ESSER III|
|Legislation||CARES Act||CRRSA Act||American Rescue Plan|
|Date enacted||March 2020||December 2020||March 2021|
|Obligation deadline||September 2022||September 2023||September 2024|
|K-12 funds awarded||$13.2B||$54B||$126B|
Check ESSER II + III Stimulus Estimates to learn how much funding has been allocated to your school district.
ESSER funds and NoRedInk Premium
Twenty percent of ESSER funds must be used to address learning loss. Tools like NoRedInk help school districts meet this requirement with targeted instruction in writing and grammar. Here’s how:
ESSER Allowable Use Criteria
|Assesses and addresses learning loss||
|Differentiates learning for Title 1, ELL, and students with disabilities||
|Responds to students' academic, social, and emotional needs||
|Supports remote, hybrid, after-school, and summer learning programs||
|Evidence-based, standards-aligned curriculum|
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