Back to School 2022-2023

The Road to Success for the 2022-2023 School Year

Educators, students, families, and communities across the country are returning to school for a new academic year. Back-to-school season is a time of possibility, hope, and opportunity. It’s a time to build on the progress of the previous year, and to dream about all that is possible for a successful future.

For our students, the path is clear, the road to success runs straight through our schools.

And amid the nation’s pandemic recovery, our schools and colleges are striving to ensure students have the supports they need to heal, learn, grow, and emerge stronger than ever before.

This vital work continues to be advanced by the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to teachers, school leaders, families, and students—as well as unprecedented federal resources for education.

The administration invested $130 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to quickly and safely reopen schools and colleges for in-person instruction; expand evidence-based strategies to accelerate academic learning; and promote the social, emotional, and mental health of our students and educators. These investments are helping to make important progress. While there’s much more to do to help our students thrive, recent data show a substantial portion of students who entered the 2021-2022 academic year behind grade level in at least one subject area caught up in time for summer break this year.

The administration also invested $40 billion in our colleges and universities. These resources are helping students most impacted by the pandemic to continue their studies and access childcare, financial supports, housing resources, and other services so they can stay on the road to graduation day.

And, with support made possible through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, states and school districts have more than $1.7 billion in new funding this year to meet President Biden’s call to double the number of mental health professionals who can serve in our schools.

We must continue to invest in the progress and potential of every student. We must listen to parents, families, and students about what they need in their school communities. We must close gaps in opportunity and achievement that were widened by the pandemic, and build an ever more excellent, equitable, and inclusive education system for our children and future generations.

To achieve these goals and to help make this school year the strongest yet, the U.S. Department of Education is focused on four priorities, along the Road to Success:

These priorities already are being advanced through the American Rescue Plan. And the President’s fiscal year 2023 budget proposal makes historic investments in our nation’s students, educators, and schools through funding in five core areas that are at the heart of this administration’s vision for education in America:

  • Supporting Students Through Pandemic Response and Recovery;
  • Boldly Addressing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps;
  • Supporting a Talented and Diverse Educator Workforce;
  • Making Higher Education Inclusive and Affordable; and
  • Building Pathways Through Postsecondary Education that Lead to Successful Careers.

The Department also has published a new checklist to highlight progress on the Road to Success and to provide parents and families with tools and resources to support their participation in back-to-school conversations with school leaders and educators.

Together, we will recover from the pandemic and transform our education system so that all students across America can reach their potential and achieve their dreams.