Funding for STEM, Personalized Learning Top Plans for Spending ESSA Money

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


The Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant, a block grant included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), was established to fund specific categories within the new education law. While the amount of funding is still being debated, how districts plan to spend the money that comes down was the topic of an Education Week survey of 600 district leaders.

More than half of the survey respondents (57 percent) said they would most likely spend block grant money on efforts to increase students’ access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.

Here are some of their other spending plans:

  • Personalized learning - 47 percent
  • Devices - 47 percent
  • Tech-related professional development for educators - 42 percent
  • Blended/online learning - 42 percent
  • College and career counseling - 42 percent
  • Mental health services - 41 percent
  • Student behavior and discipline - 39 percent
  • Dropout prevention or recovery - 39 percent
  • Tech infrastructure - 36 percent
  • Digital instructional resources - 35 percent

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