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ESSER III Plan - updated June 23, 2021

Eustace ISD

ESSER III Plan

 

Comments, questions, or thoughts about EISD’s ESSER Plan? An email hotline has been established for you to share your views on ESSER III funding. Email us at ESSERIII@eustaceisd.net.

Intent to Apply

Eustace ISD intends to apply to receive the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief funds (ESSER III). EISD has been allotted $3,887,830. The federal government has released 2/3 of the funds for schools to use now. EISD has $2,591,887 available for use now.

Meetings with Stakeholders

April 29, 2021 – Meeting with Principals, Special Programs Director, Curriculum Director, Student Services Director, and Business Manager

May 10, 2021 – Meeting with DEIC – Included staff members, students, community members, and parents.

May 12, 2021 – Meeting with Middle School and High School Students

May 15, 2021 – Parent Survey on the use of ESSER III Funds

May 17, 2021 – Meeting with Board Members and community members

May 20, 2021 – Meeting with Technology Integration Specialists from each campus.

May 26, 2021 – Meeting with campus administrators, curriculum director, director of student services, and special programs director to discuss class-size reduction ideas, funding considerations, and other campus needs as specified in their needs assessment.

June 7, 2021 – Called board meeting to consider technology purchases.

 

Priorities Adopted by Board

At the regular monthly board meeting on May 17, 2021, the EISD Board of Trustees adopted a plan for the use of the ESSER Funds that included: class-size reduction, focus on expanding summer school for students, and safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. The main areas of focus came from discussions with the various stakeholders and parent surveys.

 

Technology Needs

In a meeting held with the technology integration specialists from all campuses, various technology needs were addressed. First, the TIS gave a report about the Prowise Chromebooks that we received with our Prowise interactive monitors. The batteries were starting to swell and become increasingly hotter when recharged. It was noted that in some cases the batteries became so hot that they started to smoke. The district received over 500 of these Prowise Chromebooks. When asked about replacement batteries, the only ones available were the kind that came with the Chromebooks. For safety reasons, these Chromebooks were removed from the district.

The next item discussed was the amount of wear and tear that our Chromebooks received during this past school year. Counting the spring semester of 2020, Chromebooks were sent home and returned multiple times.

It was also brought up that with the addition of new teachers, we will need additional sets of Chromebooks for each classroom. Based on recommendations from different stakeholders, EISD is looking at add 10 new teaching positions for the 2021-2022 school year. Each teacher is provided a cart with 22 Chromebooks in each cart. That would require an addition of 220 new Chromebooks.

The Primary School indicated that they would like to replace the old desktops in the computer lab with new Chromebooks. The Intermediate and Middle School also discussed having a dedicated group of Chromebooks for state testing.

In our meeting with Middle School and High School students, the students commented that Chromebooks have limited usefulness in math classes. They stated that touchscreens were much better in math classes than regular Chromebooks.

Considering the above, the number of requested Chromebooks totaled 1,200. This included 250 touchscreen Chromebooks for math classes at the Middle School and High School.

The Primary and Intermediate requested additional iPads to add to the current count of iPads at each campus. The iPads would also require a protective cover. The number of iPads requested was 117.

It was also discussed that we have several older desktops that need to be replaced. A total of 68 desktops (including the replacement of a lab of computers at the High School) were requested.

Finally, as the district has done for years, all new teachers to EISD receive a laptop. Considering the new positions to be added next school years, EISD will need 30 new teacher laptops.

 

 

Student Data

High School

Science

Eustace High School examined the performance of students in Integrated Physics and Chemistry. The High School also examined the class sizes of their IPC classes as well as other science classes.

As the data indicates, student averages in IPC have declined yearly since 2018.  Prior to COVID, the class average was in the “B” range.  After COVID, the class average is now in the “mid-C” range.

IPC 2018

Average Final Grade: 86.4

IPC 2019

Average Final Grade: 82.0

IPC 2020

Average Final Grade: 81.0

IPC 2021

Average Final Grade: 76.6

Current Science Department Information

Program

# Teachers

# Classes

# Students Served

Class AVG

S/Per T

Science

4

26

413

15.9

103.3

 

 

Projected Science Department Information after teacher added (7 additional classes)

Program

# Teachers

# Classes

# Students Served

Class AVG

S/Per T

Science

5

33

413

12.5

82.6

 

 

Middle School

Eustace Middle School examined the results of the STAAR testing from 2019 and compared it with the results from spring 2021. The Middle School examined reading, math and writing STAAR results.

Math

8th Grade class from 2019 to 2021:

Decreased 14% Mastery

Held at 49% Meets

Decreased 11% Approaches

 

7th Grade class from 2019 to 2021

Decreased 18% Mastery

Decreased 29% Meets

Decreased 40% Approaches

 

6th Grade class from 2019 to 2021

Decreased 24% Mastery

Decreased 25% Meets

Decreased 10% Approaches 

 

Student Growth determined by TEA on performance of STAAR also dropped from 2019 to 2021 almost 15% in all 3 Math grades. 

Reading and Writing

8th Grade class from 2019 to 2021

Maintained or improved all three levels

 

7th grade class from 2019 to 2021

Held at 14% Mastery

Increased 1% Meets

Decreased 5% Approaches

 

6th Grade class from 2019 to 2021

Decreased 17% Masters

Decreased 18% Meets

Decreased12% Approaches

 

Student Growth determined by TEA on performance of STAAR held in 6th and 8th grade. 7th Grade under 50% growth for the first time in our 5-year comparison. 

 

7th Grade Writing class from 2018 to 2021 (4th Grade Writing compared to 7th Grade Writing)

Increased 8% Mastery

Decreased 9% Meets

Increased 8% Approaches

 

Although Writing does not have a TEA assigned Growth number, The writing scores compared to the 2019 7th grade writing scores showed: 

Decrease 8% Mastery

Decrease 15% Meets

Decrease 3% Approaches

 

Intermediate School

3rd Grade Scores from 2018 and 2019 compared to 2021

 

Reading:

2018 - 91% Approaches, 43% Meets, 23% Masters

2019 - 92% Approaches, 48% Meets, 28% Masters

2021 - 74% Approaches, 40% Meets, 17% Masters

 

Math:

2018 - 92% Approaches, 43% Meets, 23% Masters

2019 - 90% Approaches, 48% Meets, 28% Masters

2021 - 68% Approaches, 17% Meets, 7% Masters

 

3rd Grade has no prior data, so it is compared to the data from previous years with a significant drop.

 

 4th Grade Scores from 2018 and 2019 compared to 2021

 

Reading:

2018 - 85% Approaches, 41% Meets, 17% Masters

2019 - 86% Approaches, 53% Meets, 24% Masters

2021 - 78% Approaches, 35% Meets, 13% Masters

 

Math:

2018 - 83% Approaches, 47% Meets, 25% Masters

2019 - 88% Approaches, 58% Meets, 33% Masters

2021 - 81% Approaches, 42% Meets, 24% Masters

 

Writing:

2018 -65% Approaches, 42% Meets, 6% Masters

2019 - 77% Approaches, 36% Meets, 11% Masters

2021 - 61% Approaches, 36% Meets, 3% Masters

 

4th Grade has no prior data, so it is compared to the data from previous years with a significant drop.


5th Grade Scores from 2018 and 2019 compared to 2021 for the same students

Reading:

2018 - 91% Approaches, 43% Meets, 23% Masters

2019 -No Data

2021 - 84% Approaches, 49% Meets, 32% Masters

 

Math:

2018 - 92% Approaches, 43% Meets, 23% Masters

2019 - No Data

2021 - 76% Approaches, 49% Meets, 32% Masters

 

Science (2018 and 2019 compared to 2021):

2018 -88% Approaches, 42% Meets, 6% Masters

2019 - 81% Approaches, 36% Meets, 11% Masters

2021 - 80% Approaches, 39% Meets, 11% Masters

 

5th Grade data compared to the last time tested with would have been as 3rd graders.  There has been a significant drop in students approaching grade level standards due to gaps because of COVID.

Primary School

ELAR

Kindergarten Star Early Literacy

In kindergarten, instruction focuses on baseline data in the areas of alphabet knowledge, sound recognition, sight words, name writing, rhyming etc.   

Kindergarten teachers feel the students that returned to school after the Covid closures and virtual learning, were much lower academically that previous years. 

The majority of student did not register on diagnostic testing due to lack of computer skills. 

Historical Data

Levels

Middle of Year 2020

Middle of Year 2021

At/Above Benchmark

65%

49%

On Watch

11%

20%

Intervention

14%

15%

Urgent Intervention

10%

16%

 

Kindergarten to 1st Grade – Star Early Literacy

Levels

Middle of Year 2020

Beginning of Year 2021

At/Above Benchmark

65%

57%

On Watch

11%

12%

Intervention

14%

20%

Urgent Intervention

10%

11%

 

1st Grade to 2nd Grade – Star Early Literacy

Levels

Middle of Year 2020

Beginning of Year 2021

At/Above Benchmark

77%

46%

On Watch

14%

9%

Intervention

5%

22%

Urgent Intervention

5%

24%

 

MATH

Kindergarten

In kindergarten, instruction focuses on baseline data in the areas of number identification, counting, addition, subtraction, and the use of computers. 

Kindergarten teachers feel the students that returned to school after the Covid closures and virtual learning, were much lower academically that previous years. 

The majority of student did not register on diagnostic testing due to lack of computer skills. 

1st Grade – Star Math

Historical Data

Levels

Beginning of Year 2020

Beginning of Year 2021

At/Above Benchmark

82%

78%

On Watch

12%

11%

Intervention

4%

10%

Urgent Intervention

2%

0%

 

1st Grade to 2nd Grade – Star Math

Levels

Middle of Year 2020

Beginning of Year 2021

At/Above Benchmark

82%

48%

On Watch

12%

14%

Intervention

4%

19%

Urgent Intervention

2%

19%

 

Addressing Lost Instructional Time

In looking at the student data, the findings lend support to the priorities adopted by the board. Eustace ISD is in the process of hiring additional teachers in the following grade levels: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th-8th grade math, 6th-8th grade science, 8th grade writing, and High School science. The goal of adding these additional teachers is to lower the class size in one or more subjects at every campus in the district. We are also adding two additional paraprofessionals at the Primary School. These additions will be financed through ESSER III funds for the next three years.

In addition, the district is committed to providing a more comprehensive summer school program. Over the next three summers (including Summer 2021), EISD will use ESSER III funds to fund more teachers and at a higher daily rate than ever before for summer school. As a result, EISD will be able to serve more students in summer school. While we have focused mainly on students with excess absences and/or students that have failed one or more classes, now we will be able to serve students that have fallen behind in their learning due to the pandemic.

 

 

Prevention and Mitigation Strategies

Last year, EISD implemented several strategies that were designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Some of these strategies were additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the district, additional backpack sprayers used to disinfect classrooms and other parts of each campus throughout the day, thermometers designed to check everyone’s temperature as they entered the building, thermometers placed on busses that would be used to check bus rider’s temperatures as they entered the bus, additional time at each campus for students to wash their hands during the day, additional supplies that allowed teachers, students and aides to clean surfaces multiple times throughout the day, and the wearing of masks and shields by staff members and students.

At our Primary School, a noticeable decline in the number of flu-like illnesses and strep was observed during the winter months. In the past, these two afflictions have caused us to miss days for additional cleaning and to try to prevent further spreading of both flu and strep. While the Primary did participate in almost all the mitigations described above, our Primary students were not required to wear masks. Therefore, we have some evidence that the cleaning regimen was effective in lowering the spread of not only COVID 19, but of other infections as well.

EISD is committed to continue the cleaning program that was used in 2020-2021. This includes providing disinfectant for our backpack sprayers to be used throughout the day and after school hours to provide a deep cleaning every day. EISD is also committed to keeping the extra hand sanitizing stations filled and providing extra time for handwashing each day. EISD will also continue to furnish all the supplies necessary for staff and/or students to clean surfaces multiple times during the day.

EISD will continue to utilize the thermal imaging thermometers at all entrances to not only detect possible fever associated with COVID, but fever associated with other illnesses such as flu and strep.

ESSER III funds and local funds will be used for our prevention and mitigation strategies.

Remaining ESSER III Funds

EISD spent an unprecedented amount of local funds from March 2020 – June 2021 on preparing for and operations during the 2020-2021 school year. The items that EISD is requesting pre-award reimbursement for include the following:

Pre-Award Costs

     

250 Touchscreens and Licenses

$65,000.00

MS & HS

Supply

950 Chromebooks and Licenses

$227,050.00

All Campuses

Supply

43 Teacher Desktops

$23,132.71

All Campuses

Supply

25 Desktops for HS Lab

$37,375.00

HS

Supply

25 Monitors

$4,125.00

HS

Supply

30 Teacher Laptops

$32,396.70

All Campuses

Supply

30 Cases for Laptops

$995.10

All Campuses

Supply

30 Pens for Laptops

$1,795.20

All Campuses

Supply

30 Keyboards for Laptops

$2,970.00

All Campuses

Supply

6 All in Ones

$5,420.16

All Campuses

Supply

Apple iPads 130

$38,220.00

All Campuses

Supply

iPad Cases 130

$11,960.00

All Campuses

Supply

Tech Carts

$2,000.00

All Campuses

Supply

J & L Technologies

$145,500.00

MS

6600

Master Audio Visuals

$194,875.00

MS

6600

Automatic Bottle Fillers

$30,000.00

IS & MS

Supply

Cleaning Supplies

$26,320.00

HS

Supply

Face Shields

$3,085.00

All Campuses

Supply

Face Shields

$480.00

All Campuses

Supply

Face Masks

$1,620.00

All Campuses

Supply

Face Masks

$1,669.00

All Campuses

Supply

Blue Nitrile Gloves

$351.00

All Campuses

Supply

Brown Towels & Spray Cleaner

$1,055.00

All Campuses

Supply

Spray Bottles

$468.00

All Campuses

Supply

Cleaning Wipes

$531.00

All Campuses

Supply

Floor Stands

$676.00

All Campuses

Supply

Hand Sanitizer

$3,245.00

All Campuses

Supply

Hand Sanitizer

$1,255.00

All Campuses

Supply

Lidding Machine

$16,380.00

All Campuses

Supply

Lidding Machine Supplies

$16,308.00

All Campuses

Supply

Rack Sanitation

$730.00

HS

Supply

Anti-Bacterial Matting

$6,795.00

HS

6600

Expanded Band Instruments

$8,970.00

MS & HS

Supply

Thermometers for buses

$1,204.00

All Campuses

Supply

Backpack Sprayers

$7,850.00

All Campuses

Supply

Gloves

$789.00

All Campuses

Supply

Face Masks

$2,405.00

All Campuses

Supply

Temp Screening

$37,867.00

All Campuses

Supply

 

$962,867.87

   
       

Supply Total

$615,697.87

   

6600

$347,170.00

   
 

$962,867.87

   

 

EISD has carefully examined needs for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. To have the greatest impact on student learning and making up for lost learning time, the following expenditures have been suggested:

 

Costs for the 2021-2022 School Year:

     

Robotics

$21,232.00

High School

 

Supply

Cambridge

$9,202.00

High School

 

Supply

Quizizz

$1,360.00

Intermediate

 

Supply

Full Circte Language Arts

$3,980.00

All Campuses

PD

6219

Stipends for 50 Teachers

$10,000.00

All Campuses

PD

6100

Mentoring Minds

$29,066.68

IS & MS

 

Supply

WeVideo

$2,085.00

MS

 

Supply

Edgenuity

$30,600.00

MS & HS

 

6639

IXL Learning

$12,765.00

IS

2 Years

6639

Scholastic

$7,812.49

PS, IS, MS

 

Supply

MAP Program

$5,225.00

IS

 

Supply

MobyMax

$10,135.50

K-12

 

Supply

Kesler Science

$1,196.00

IS

 

Supply

NearPod

$2,250.00

MS

 

Supply

Novels for 4th Grade

$1,057.00

IS

 

Supply

Lab Supplies

$19,124.00

MS

 

Supply

 

$167,090.67

     
         

Supplies

$109,745.67

     

Payroll

$10,000.00

     

Contracted Services

$3,980.00

     

6600

$43,365.00

     
 

$167,090.67

     

 

How to Participate

If you have comments, ideas, or questions about the ESSER III Program, we have created an email address to send your feedback. Please email us your thoughts at ESSERIII@eustaceisd.net. We look forward to hearing from you.