Why don’t I see my district listed?
The calculator relies on data inputs including the percentage of the 20-21 year spent remote or hybrid. Where we were unable to access that or other information, a district won’t be listed. Districts can also measure their actual student learning to assess the magnitude of their losses. Feel free to email our administrator for questions about any specific district.
Why is there a zero listed for my district’s federal relief allocation?
Not all districts received ESSER III allocations. Districts that did not receive an allocation would need to tap other district resources (E.g., annual operating budget) to pay for investments to reduce learning loss.
How come districts that operated 100% in person still have learning loss?
Losses were estimated for all districts, including those who operated in person for all of 2020-2021. Those losses may be attributed to remote operations in spring 2020, poor attendance during COVID outbreaks, increased use of substitutes, or other factors.
Why use tutoring to estimate costs of remedying learning loss?
Although there are many possible interventions our team used tutoring because research demonstrates larger effects on student learning of tutoring interventions (when compared to other interventions like class size reduction, etc.). That said, there is no research on remedying widespread losses of these magnitudes.
What are the costs if other interventions are used?
Because different interventions likely yield different magnitudes of effects on student learning, leaders should first estimate the quantity of those alternative interventions needed to meet the need (E.g., how much summer learning, etc.) Depending on those magnitudes, districts can then estimate their costs. Still, districts should continue to measure the effects of their interventions to assess whether they are having their intended impacts on student learning.
My district’s actual data show losses that are greater (or less severe) than estimated here.
The figures in the calculator are estimates based on research across districts using a standard set of variables. We recommend districts rely on their own actual data whenever possible.