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Are you familiar with the sources of significant federal dollars available to respond to the pandemic? The new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) builds on the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA Act) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for K-12 schools.

Spark the growth of Tier II students

Did you know that you can use up to 15% of your IDEA funds for students who are not in special education but who need additional academic supports to succeed in school? Investing in Renaissance assessment, literacy, and math solutions and related professional development will provide a significant return in savings over the cost of placing these students in special education.

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) funding is intended (1) to help ensure that students with disabilities receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education and (2) to prevent students from entering special education.

Up to 15% of the funds may be voluntarily set aside for Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) for students who are not currently identified as needing special education but who need additional academic support in order to succeed in the general education classroom. This set-aside is required for districts with a disproportionate number of minority students in special education.

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CEIS funding covers K–12 students, with an emphasis on students in kindergarten through grade 3. Within your school’s RTI framework, the funds could be used to purchase Star Assessments (with the exception of those used for universal screening), Star Phonics, Accelerated Reader, myON, Freckle, Lalilo, and Nearpod to spark the growth of Tier II students who have not reached grade-level proficiency.

CEIS funds also pay for professional development. In addition to the variety of virtual and onsite professional development options enabling you to use these solutions most effectively, Renaissance provides expert coaching via phone and email to help strengthen the connection of student data and the action plans needed to boost their achievement. CEIS allows special education staff and teachers of Tier I students to participate in these data coaching sessions. You, your colleagues, and a dedicated Renaissance Coach will discuss what your data is telling you and how it impacts daily classroom instruction. The insights gained from this personalized coaching throughout the school year will help drive instructional decisions that can reduce the possibility of students moving into special education and increase the likelihood that they can experience success as Tier I learners.


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