State leaders in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi have consistently identified responding to learning loss stemming from the coronavirus pandemic as a priority. Data show new inequalities emerging and existing achievement gaps widening. State systems to support the effective selection, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions are central components of an effective response, particularly considering an unprecedented infusion of federal American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. The tri-state project provides an opportunity for increased collaboration and coordination among state leaders in an evolving public health and policy environment.
The Region 7 Comprehensive Center (R7CC) will support state education agency (SEA) leaders to share and problem-solve with each other about the identification, implementation, and monitoring of evidence-based and promising practices to address pandemic learning loss, including through the implementation of state ARP ESSER plans.
- engage in cross-state coordination and collaboration regarding COVID-19 concerns and plans, including ARP ESSER plan implementation;
- increase knowledge about strategies to identify and address learning gaps compounded by COVID-19, implement SEA-level ARP ESSER plan commitments, monitor and support effective local use of ARP ESSER funds, and promote state and local ARP ESSER funding sustainability.