ESSER FundING Support

(Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief)

Part of the CARES Act and the American Recovery Plan Act (ARP)

Federal funds to support Arts Education in Missouri may be available for your school.

How Much?

Missouri Schools will receive $1.7 Billion as a part of ESSER III.

Link to MO ESSER III Allocation amounts

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DESE has allocated $50 Million for Teacher Retention/Recruitment Efforts

Link to MO Retention/Recruitment allocation amounts

For What?

There are 16 categories of approved expenditures. Many of these could fit an arts education situation!

Link to DESE's Guidelines to LEAs for ARP funding.

Expenditures may include:

  • Activities authorized by ESEA(1965)

  • COVID response

  • Low income, disabilities, ELL/ESL, racial minorities, homeless/foster care students

  • Professional development for COVID

  • Sanitizing supplies

  • Planning/coordinating activities during long-term closures

  • Educational technology

  • Mental health services and supports

  • Summer/After school programs

  • Addressing learning loss

  • Facility repairs/improvements


By When?

Allowable expenditures are thoe which have occurred or will occur between March 13, 2020 - September 30, 2024.

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Projected deadline for plans to DESE from local education agencies is
August 23, 2021


What to do?

#1 - Dream, Imagine, Envision - involve others in your dreaming. (colleagues, parents, community stakeholders etc.)

#2 - Construct your ask. Cite your evidence as to WHY this is a good idea and HOW it fits the criteria

#3 - Ask - - > and see if your dreams can become reality!

Reach our to MAAE if you need help! director@moaae.org.

Economic Recovery Informational Resources

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Evidence-Based Research

Being able to back up your funding request with evidence-based research can provide data points which might sway decision-makers in your favor. Access the collection below, assembled by arts ed colleagues in South Carolina as well as the research compilation on MAAE's Art=Opportunity page, with resources assembled by colleagues at University of California San Marco.

Well-Rounded Education & Whole Child Development

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Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs (U.S. Department of Education)

Specifically cites the importance of incorporating the arts when planning in-school, summer, and afterschool interventions to accelerate learning in response to COVID-19. Evidence suggests the arts are key to providing a well-rounded education and supporting social and emotional learning.

Academic Remediation in Core Subjects

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Review of Evidence: Arts Integration Research Through the Lens of the Every Student Succeeds Act (American Institutes for Research)

A research review of 27 studies that meet ESSA design criteria found an average improvement index of 4 percentile points in core learning areas for students receiving arts-integrated instruction.

Educational Equity

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Gallup Student Poll, conducted and published in partnership between Gallup Research, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and Palmetto State Arts Education

An arts-rich school can help neutralize the effects of poverty. 2018 Gallup survey data shows that arts-rich schools with free/reduced-price lunch program participation 75% or greater scored higher than the state mean in four elements linked to desirable student outcomes: engagement, hope, entrepreneurial aspiration, and career/financial literacy.

Student Achievement

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Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement (National Assembly of State Arts Agencies)

This research describes in nontechnical terms how study of the arts contributes to academic achievement and student success. It offers impartial, to-the-point reporting of the multiple benefits associated with students’ learning experiences in the arts.

Investigating Causal Effects of Arts Education Experiences (Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research)

Through a randomized controlled trial with 10,548 students who were enrolled in 42 schools across the Houston area, researchers found arts-learning experiences benefit students in terms of reductions in disciplinary infractions, increases in compassion for others and improvements in writing achievement. Furthermore, arts-education experiences improve school engagement and college aspirations.

Review of Evidence: Arts Education Through the Lens of ESSA (American Institutes for Research)

According to the meta-analysis conducted as part of this evidence review, the average effect found in the 20 well-designed studies examined was moderate and statistically significant, indicating that an average child would gain 15 percentile points in a relevant student outcome examined in this review (i.e. academic achievement, art learning, social-emotional learning, and process abilities) as a result of participating in an arts education intervention.

Selection into, and academic benefits from, arts-related courses in middle school among low-income, ethnically diverse youth

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A new study from the George Mason University Arts Research Center and published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts found a link between arts elective courses in music, dance, visual art and drama, and better grades in middle school. ​