For the past two and a half years, students at schools and universities across the world have struggled to meet proficiency standards due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As preparation for the 2022-2023 school year begins, many educators and administrators share a profound optimism that academia will return to a similar pre-pandemic state with few restrictions (see how Remark can help for the upcoming year here). As a result, school districts and administrators alike may feel overwhelmed with how to properly support every student given their limited budget. This article is a reminder that The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) is potentially still available for many districts and universities in the United States.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 dates back to March 11, 2021. In order to combat the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and funding deficits within the American education system, the United States government implemented a landmark bill in which approximately $168 billion was earmarked for the American education system. To provide each sector with appropriate funding, the large sum of money was partitioned into multiple segments. $126 billion was granted to public K-12 schools, along with public colleges and universities receiving $40 billion. Additionally, each state governor was given $4 billion, with a stipulation that $2.7 billion must be utilized by underfunded private schools in their state. Furthermore, a minimum of 20% of the money collected by K-12 schools must be used to address learning loss from the pandemic. Currently, many school districts have yet to fully take advantage of the money available from the government, and residual funds from the Rescue Act are going to disappear soon. In order to receive funding, a school needs to write a short plan that explains how the funding will be used to combat learning loss.
Our Remark Test Grading application is an inexpensive and easy-to-use tool that can be used by schools to provide frequent assessments of students, and allows educators to pinpoint areas of weakness within their classroom. This powerful tool helps educators to understand where learning loss has occurred, affording them the opportunity to tailor their instruction to address any deficits.
Moreover, Remark Test Grading allows for a combination of in-person and online examinations. For instance, if a student is not able to attend school in-person, this student can receive and take the same quiz or exam as their peers through the Remark Test Grading online testing feature. For those in the classroom, the teacher can print the assessments on any printer using regular copy paper. These paper tests can then be scanned with an image scanner or copier into PDF files, which can be uploaded to Remark Test Grading for processing and grading.
The reports generated provide the instructor with a detailed analysis of the overall test, items on the test, and student and class performance. Tests can be broken down into “learning objectives” to see how students understand the various concepts tested.
Remark Test Grading qualifies as an expense to combat learning loss under the American Rescue Plan Act. We invite any school or university to learn more about how you can utilize funds from The American Rescue Plan Act to purchase of any Remark product. Not only is Remark a cure for the past learning loss, but it is also a tool for future grading and learning requirements. Use the links below to see what Remark can do for you.