What can ESSER funds be used for?
The CARES Act, CRRSA, and the American Rescue Plan all allow ESSER funds to be used to reconnect students with high-quality learning access, implement solutions to accelerate learning and close gaps exacerbated by the pandemic, and to build resilience into our education systems to avoid future learning disruption.
Use of ESSER funds by school districts is generally unrestricted, including for any activity authorized by the ESEA, IDEA, Perkins CTE Act, and other federal education laws. However, each of the stimulus packages also include specific additional allowable uses. Here are those related to technology and post-pandemic recovery:
|Allowable use of ESSER funds||CARES (ESSER I)||CRRSA (ESSER II)||ARP ESSER|
|Providing technology for online learning to all students that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Addressing learning loss among students, including by:
|LEAs are required to use at least 20% of their American Rescue Plan ESSER funds “to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions.”||Yes|
Why use ESSER funding on the Brightspace LMS?
|Allowable use of ESSER funds||How Brightspace by D2L can help|
|Providing technology for online learning to all students that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors||Set up flexible learning options across your district based on student and community needs—blended, hybrid, or fully virtual. Seamlessly share messages to communicate about class activities, or connect face-to-face with students over video, all from right inside the Brightspace platform.|
|Administering and using high-quality assessments that are valid and reliable, to accurately assess students’ academic progress and assist educators in meeting students’ academic needs, including through differentiating instruction||Brightspace offers a variety of assessment tools, custom learning pathways for differentiation and accommodations, tracking of progress toward mastery over time, and space for self-reflection on feedback.|
|Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students||Incorporate evidence-based activities like assessment and analytics to identify student needs, personalize content to differentiate instruction, and involve families in their children’s learning progression.|
|Providing information and assistance to parents and families on how they can effectively support students, including in a distance learning environment||Communicate with families in a timely and meaningful way to increase engagement. Brightspace for Parents allows authorized parents and guardians to log in to see their child’s classroom feed, graded items, upcoming activities, and more.|
|Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education||Improve student engagement with immediate feedback and guidance, personalized notifications, and badges/certifications for progress and performance. Track student activity in course content, tasks, and assessment engagement even during hybrid and asynchronous learning.|
|Addressing learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions||Brightspace is a centralized teaching and learning hub for integrating evidence-based interventions, from differentiated instruction to universally designed content to learning tasks that drive student engagement to analytics dashboards.|