Indianapolis - Seven schools received School Improvement Grants from the federal government awarded by Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz last week.
Schools that prove they will use the money to improve student achievement and demonstrate that they really need the money are chosen for the grants.
Grants over the next 3 years will be awarded totaling in $8 million of funds.
“I am honored to award these grants today,” said Ritz. “My department is committed to providing schools and communities with the resources they need to ensure that all Hoosier children receive an equitable and high quality education.”
Indiana does not contribute any money to these awards.
“These schools have demonstrated a great need for these funds, as well as excellent plans to improve student performance,” said Ritz. “In addition to these grants, the Department of Education will continue to provide high quality support through the Outreach Division of School Improvement to all schools throughout the state.”
Commonly called 1003(g) grants, they will be awarded as follows for this academic year.
McCulloch Middle School, Marion: $1,750,000.00
Stonybrook Middle School, MSD Warren Township: $1,850,000.00
Fairview Elementary, Monroe County: $619,258.69
Highland Park Elementary, Monroe County: $847,122.95
Lake Ridge Middle School, Lake Ridge School Corporation: $738,388.07
Chamberlain Elementary, Goshen: $1,750,000.00
Sarah Scott Middle School, Vigo County: $948,829.85
The exact amount awarded over the next 3 years is $8,503,599.56.
The Indiana Department of Education lets schools that are eligible for these competitive grants know that they should apply to receive one, and the schools apply by submitting their staff information, test scores, and a written explanation of the programs and interventions being used by staff to help underachieving students.
Then, reasonable goals need to outlined. An example of a reasonable goal would be a goal to raise student test scores by several percentage points over a certain amount of time.
If you are a parent, you can find out more about the benefits of the grants here.
If you are a teacher or school administrator, you can find out more about the application and selection process here.