Data points

By Learning Forward
October 2021
61% of districts planned to use ARP funds for professional learning In July 2021, the School Superintendents Association surveyed hundreds of U.S. district leaders about their plans for American Rescue Plan (ARP) and other federal COVID-19 relief funding to address pandemic-related student learning recovery. More than half (61%) planned to invest in professional development, especially in urban and rural districts, and nearly a quarter planned to build a “diverse teacher preparation pathway” to address teacher shortages. Other ways districts planned to build staff capacity included hiring more specialized support staff and improve data systems and data literacy among educators. 25% of districts relied on teacher-developed curriculum materials during the pandemic According to a survey of more than 2,000 administrators and teachers, most districts constructed

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