We know we aren’t the only organizations trying to better understand the impact of this historic funding. Many are hard at work to increase transparency around federal relief funds and to highlight investments that have the most potential to deliver great outcomes for kids. Here, we’ll uplift the work of our partners to understand K-12 recovery, offer guidance on the best uses of funds, and to advocate for the best investments on behalf of students, families and educators alike.
State and National Efforts
ESSER Expenditure Dashboard
This dashboard tracks actual ESSER III expenditures that districts have submitted to their state for reimbursement. Explore spending by district or download an entire state’s data.
GEER Fund Utilization Tracker
Check out this tracker by the Hunt Institute to see how states are using their Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds.
Investment in Action
This communications resource helps states and school districts tell the stories around how federal pandemic recovery funds are supporting students.
ARP/ESSER Expenditure Transparency Report Tracker
This tracking and reporting tool provides an analysis of state and district ESSER expense reporting, rating state-level transparency efforts on a scale of 1-3 stars.
How Can States and Districts Use Federal Recovery Funds Strategically?
LPI’s policy experts discuss how states and districts can strategically develop, implement, and refine plans for investing federal recovery funds in Expanded Learning Time, Early Childhood Education, Community Schools, and Supporting the Educator Pipeline.
GeorgiaCAN District Recovery Plans Tracker
The GeorgiaCAN team has assembled a detailed, district-by-district tracker of school reopening and recovery actions, including the status of virtual learning options and technology access.
Everyday Parents Impacting Change (EPIC) Campaign
NPU’s unprecedented watchdog campaign demands transparency from federal, state and local elected officials to verify that federal funding is spent on student-centered investments that are rooted in access and equity for children who need it the most.
Supporting Students with Afterschool Summer Programs Funded by Pandemic Relief
This map provided by Afterschool Alliance shows where COVID relief and recovery funds are being invested in summer and afterschool programs to meet the needs of young people.
Research & Resources
Georgia - CARES Impact Study
The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education is undertaking a multi-year, multi-strand research project to capture districts’ use of federal recovery funds. It will generate knowledge to support effective practice and policy at the school, district, and state levels that can be applied as districts’ work unfolds and to future initiatives.
InvestForward Pathways Playbook
Explore a set of quick-access resources meant to empower district and state leaders with concrete strategies and guidance for using their American Rescue Plan funds to make impactful investments in postsecondary pathways
National Parents Union Polling
NPU's comphrensive, national polling provides timely and actionable insight into parent concerns in education. From school reopening to the use of federal education funding, learn more about what parents are saying about K-12 education.
National, Regional Trends in Educators' Covid-Relief Spending Plans
FutureEd breaks down how districts and charters are planning to spend ESSER III funding. The analysis features trends of common spending priorities across five broad topics: staff, academic recovery, mental health, school facilities, and technology.
How Are States Planning to Leverage their ARP Funding?
This memo provides an overview of findings from an analysis of state plans to use American Rescue Plan funding that were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal Stimulus Funds for Education | Resources and Trackers
In 2020 and 2021, Congress passed three stimulus bills that provided nearly $279 billion as relief aid for education through the Education Stabilization Fund. NCSL is tracking how states are using the Education Stabilization Fund and other stimulus funds to address education challenges.
Common Sense Guide to Using Federal Education Funds
This guide aims to help orient state, district and school leaders toward the mindsets and approaches that will create sustainable shifts to more equitable learning environments, as well as provide practical ideas and examples of how districts can use federal funds to implement these shifts.
The Future of Our Children Family Toolkit - Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership
A toolkit to help families advocate for strategies and interventions to address educational inequities in Massachusetts.
ESSER Spending: Connecting Investments and Outcomes
In a webinar funded by the US Department of Education and hosted by the National Comprehensive Center, Edunomics Lab shared an investment tool to help leaders examine spending in the context of student need, identify risks, mitigation strategies, and how to communicate financial decisions to build trust and ultimately improve student outcomes.
Promising Practices: Smart State Strategies for Building Intensive Tutoring Systems
The Education Trust, Education Reform Now, and FutureEd published State Guidance for High-Impact Tutoring to help states implement successful tutoring programs. This follow-up publication outlines the features of effective and equitable state tutoring initiatives and provides examples of states that show promise in implementing them.