On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Biden signed an amendment to HR 133 into law sending billions of dollars to K-12 school systems.

How does Otus qualify as a program to address learning loss?

Otus qualifies for the use of the 2021 COVID Relief funding in the following ways:

  • Otus is an educational technology software that allows K-12 schools to facilitate and manage remote and hybrid learning as well as traditional, in-person, learning.

  • Otus contains several ways to monitor student progress through common formative or summative assessments aligned to specific state standards. With many states struggling with providing state assessments this year, the need for frequent assessments for progress monitoring is higher than ever before

  • Otus Plans allows school districts to assign intervention plans to students and use data to track student progress through those plans.

How much money is allocated for learning loss?

$121.9 billion is allocated to state-education agencies based upon the Title I-A formula. Of that, 90% must be awarded to local education agencies using the same formula. Therefore, $21.9 billion dollars, or an average of $433 per student, will be allocated to addressing learning loss.

How is learning loss defined?

While the term “learning loss” is mentioned in the bill, there is no common definition of what it means.

What types of programs address “learning loss”?

According to the amendment, funding may be used to pay for:

  • Educational technology (including hardware, software, connectivity, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment) to assist students, educators, and other staff with remote or hybrid learning.

  • Redeveloping instructional plans, including curriculum development, for remote learning, hybrid learning, or to address learning loss.

How are different states addressing learning loss?

This PDF shows how each state is addressing learning loss.

Additional resources:

https://www.chalkbeat.org/2021/3/10/22323283/congress-biden-stimulus-money-education-schools

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/22276788/covid-19-relief-bill-congress-stimulus-checks

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