The recent passage of the American Rescue Plan is providing K-12 public schools with unprecedented, desperately needed relief funds to aid in the academic recovery of students after the COVID-19 pandemic. The $122 billion allocated to K-12 public schools represents over seven times current annual Title I funding. As a part of these relief dollars, Congress has required that states and districts designate at least 5 percent and 20 percent of the total funding, respectively, to address learning loss, totaling $28 billion. This funding gives education leaders across the country the opportunity to make significant investments in evidence-based programs.
We encourage states to carefully implement programs with strong evidence of improving students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes: high-impact tutoring. We partnered with Education Trust and Education Reform Now to create guidance for states considering this option.
Our recommendations address:
- The state role in ARP use of funds
- The effectiveness of high-impact tutoring
- Research-based program guardrails
- Publicly available resources
- States leading on high-impact tutoring
- Legislative action in Colorado
- State education agency action in Louisiana