|Published: 10:12 AM, 10/04/2012
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
The Tennessee Department of Education announced today the
56 winners of the Focus School grant competition, which will provide an
estimated $19.2 million investment to schools across the state during the
2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
The winning schools will be awarded between $100,000 and
$300,000 each year depending on enrollment size and satisfactory performance.
Among the schools to win is Parrottsville Elementary School.
The award will be used to create and sustain improvement
plans that close student achievement gaps among subgroups, such as racial and
ethnic groups, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, students
with disabilities and English-language learners.
The grant program is designed to support Focus Schools -
the 10 percent of schools in Tennessee with the largest achievement gaps
between groups of students - in developing deliberate, data-driven strategies
to ensure growth for student subgroups that have underperformed their peers.
"Using this grant, Tennessee's Focus Schools will
create real opportunities to close student achievement gaps while providing
examples of success and lessons learned for all schools across the state,"
said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.
For more details, please see the latest edition of the Newport Plain Talk.
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