Research on Education Strategies to
Advance Recovery and Turnaround

Planning & Finance
This dashboard tracks CARES ESSER I, CRRSA ESSER II and ARP ESSER III expenditures that districts have submitted for reimbursement.
This report examines investment trends, trends, state examples, promising practices and strategies for long-term sustainability of effective SEA literacy programming funded through ESSER state set-aside dollars.
This blog shares some of the ways state education agencies (SEAs) are supporting ESSER sustainability in their states.
This tool serves as a conversation starter to help state leaders consider strategies to sustain high-impact investments from ESSER and beyond.

Akisha Osei Sarfo, Ph.D. is the Director of Research for the Council of Great City Schools. Founded in 1956, the Council brings together 78 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education for children in the inner cities. Dr. Sarfo leads the Council’s research work, facilitating the collaboration between district research departments while also spearheading the production of novel research, resources, and data tools for use by member districts.

This report provides the results from analyzing test score results from roughly 8,000 school districts in 30 states to measure the extent to which test scores changed from Spring 2019 to Spring 2022 and from Spring 2022 to Spring 2023.
This report provides the strategies and use of federal relief funds under ESSER used by the Hawai'i State Department of Education.
This brief highlights some of the strategies states are pursuing to address equity in allocating their ARPA child care funds.
This brief analyzes the current state - as of September 2023 - of teacher and principal attrition in North Carolina public schools.
This report demonstrate how districts in California approached a range of educational challenges in ways that recognized and explicitly addressed disparities in opportunities and outcomes, even in the midst of a debilitating pandemic.