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State Invests Millions in Closing Achievement Gaps through Focus School Grants

Wednesday, October 03, 2012 | 05:26am

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. 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.

The state named 167 Focus Schools in August, a part of Tennessee’s accountability system developed through its waiver from No Child Left Behind, and 152 of those Focus Schools applied for the grant.

School faculty, along with parents, outside experts and community partners, submitted plans in September based on the latest research in the areas of individualized student support, staff professional development, extended learning time, community engagement and performance management. 

For those Focus Schools that were not awarded grant funds, the state plans to enlist the support of external academic specialists who will provide personalized, embedded technical assistance to Focus Schools as they work to close existing gaps.

Additional information regarding Focus Schools and the accountability system can be found at tn.gov/education/accountability.

For more information, contact Kelli Gauthier at (615) 532-7817 or Kelli.Gauthier@tn.gov.

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2012-14 Focus School Grant Recipients

 

School Name

District

Charleston Elementary

Bradley

Taylor Elementary

Bradley

Waterville Community Elementary

Bradley

Anderson Elementary

Bristol

Woodbury Grammar School

Cannon

Valley Forge Elementary

Carter

East Chester Elementary

Chester

H.Y. Livesay Middle

Claiborne

Powell Valley Elementary

Claiborne

Mayfield Elementary

Cleveland

Parrottsville Elementary

Cocke

Hillsboro Elementary

Coffee

Holice Powell Elementary

Dyer

East Junior High School

Fayette

Fayetteville High School

Fayetteville

Franklin Elementary

Franklin SSD

Johnson Elementary

Franklin SSD

Spring Hill Elementary

Gibson SSD

North Elementary

Grundy

Union Heights Elementary

Hamblen

Brown International

Hamilton

Tyner Academy

Hamilton

Hancock Elementary

Hancock

Northside Elementary

Hardin

South Haven Elementary

Henderson

East Elementary

Humboldt

New Market Elementary

Jefferson

Piedmont Elementary

Jefferson

Talbott Elementary

Jefferson

John Sevier Middle

Kingsport

Lincoln Elementary

Kingsport

Inskip Elementary

Knox

Ripley High School

Lauderdale

Whitthorne Middle

Maury

Selmer Elementary

McNairy

Amqui Elementary

Metro Nashville

Carter-Lawrence Elementary

Metro Nashville

Pearl Cohn High School

Metro Nashville

Ruby Major Elementary

Metro Nashville

Milan Middle

Milan SSD

Sweetwater High School

Monroe

Moore Magnet School

Montgomery

St. Bethlehem Elementary

Montgomery

A.H. Roberts Elementary

Overton

Benton Elementary

Polk

Spring City Elementary

Rhea

Midway Elementary

Roane

Midway Middle

Roane

Coopertown Elementary

Robertson

Krisle Elementary

Robertson

Crestview Elementary

Tipton

Peabody High School

Trenton SSD

East Middle School

Tullahoma

Centertown Elementary

Warren

Dresden Elementary

Weakley

Doyle Elementary

White

 

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