When it’s all said and done, how should ESSER investments be judged? That depends on what we hope to get from the $123 billion pumped into public schools. Here’s the problem: No end goal, no focused objective, no common yardstick has ever been attached to this mammoth federal investment.
Not surprisingly, with nothing else to measure, much of the focus has landed on what districts bought with the money.
In this commentary, Marguerite Roza argues that ESSER needs a North Star. Shifting the focus from what districts are purchasing to what progress students are making would be a game changer.