Beyond the Mask: Promoting Transformation and Healing in School Reopening: Collecting Mental Health Data
The U.S. Department of Education required each state to submit a reopening plan outlining how they were using and planned on using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) conducted an analysis of 37* state plans to better understand if and how schools were collecting student mental health data.
In general, states are not collecting robust mental health data. All states can improve their mental health data collection strategies. However, a few states are beginning to build out their mental health data collection systems.
*CLASP analyzed the 37 plans that were available as of July 5th, 2021. Plans submitted after this date were not included in our analysis.