ESSER III Information
Data shows that the pandemic has had a significant impact on student learning, both across the country and in Dallas ISD.
The American Rescue Plan signed into law in March by President Joe Biden included $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for school districts across the country, which is the single largest investment in federal elementary and secondary education in the nation’s history. Dallas ISD has applied for and expects to receive about $543 million in ESSER III funding, which is intended to help reopen schools and accelerate learning and mitigate learning loss.
ESSER provides resources for: critical one-time investments; time-limited programming to respond to the pandemic; and innovation that can redefine student learning, acceleration, and development
Engaging the public
To help determine how to use the ESSER III funds, Dallas ISD embarked on an extensive outreach to stakeholders through public town halls, parent surveys and a task force. Parents and community members identified as priorities increased compensation; increased support for social and emotional learning; tutoring and one-on-one support for students; improving technology and instructional resources; and smaller class sizes
What is our comprehensive ESSER plan?
Dallas ISD’s ESSER plan will address students’ needs and accelerate progress toward our 2025 goals through the following strategies. See a PowerPoint on the ESSER plan from a June public hearing.Healthy Students, Healthy Schools and Healthy Community
The "Healthy Students, Healthy Schools, Healthy Community" strategy focuses on physical, mental, and emotional health. This includes an additional investment in facilities and additional mental health services for students. The district plans to allocate 14.2 percent of its ESSER III funds to this strategy.Equitable Access to Learning & Enrichment
The "Equitable Access to Learning & Enrichment" strategy focuses on ensuring every student can fully engage with learning while also having access to outstanding enrichment opportunities. The equity-minded investment will help improve technology and expand opportunities for students to fully explore their passions. The district plans to allocate 33.8 percent of its ESSER III funds to this strategy.Learning Recovery & Acceleration
The "Learning Recovery & Acceleration" strategy will help mitigate learning loss caused by the pandemic. The strategy includes an extended calendar for 46 schools, additional tutoring, enhanced summer learning, and accelerated learning. The district plans to allocate 52 percent of its ESSER III funds to this strategy.
Dallas ISD is committed to transparency as it looks to use ESSER funds to support students.
These are the next steps in the process.
- Submit the ESSER III plan to TEA (due July 27, 2021)
- Launch public dashboard for ESSER plan later in the summer
- Submit the ESSER II plan to TEA (due Sept. 2, 2021)
- Launch “implementation and improvement” team to coordinate implementation, monitor the work and guide continuous improvement
- Finalize evaluation and progress monitoring system for the programs and activities
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the ARP ESSER III funds?
How much funding is available to Texas LEAs?
How will LEAs know their grant amounts?
What is the funding period for ARP ESSER III grants?
What are the federal requirements around the LEA ESSER III Use of Funds Plan?
Are the ESSER III funds required to be used for specific purposes?
Are there recommended uses of ESSER III funds that will assist LEAs in addressing the impact of the COVID pandemic and disruptions leading to learning loss?
What are some of the allowable uses of the ARP ESSER III funds?
Will the state provide replacement funds for ESSER after 2023?