How States Can Leverage ESSA to Help Students in Need During the Coronavirus Pandemic

How States Can Leverage ESSA to Help Students in Need During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 23, 2020

As Andrew Ujifusa writes for Education Week, there are more ways for states to take advantage of ESSA than just the waivers provided by the Department of Education. According to the Center on Reinventing Public Education, there are “millions of dollars states can use outside of the traditional federal funding formulas to help schools address the coronavirus.” States can help students in need by taking advantage of Direct Student Services; redirecting resources for now-canceled annual tests to support “diagnostic testing for every student” to “see how the pandemic has impacted their academic needs;” and working to implement “evidence-based strategies for remediating gaps in learning” that have worked to address related challenges.