The purpose of this project is to:
meet the unique needs of rural and low-income districts by providing resources and flexibility to supplement selected No Child Left Behind (NCLB) priorities. It is a challenge for small and rural districts to have the personnel and resources needed to compete effectively for federal competitive grants, and formula grant allocations are sometimes too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes. Funds received under Title VI must be used as required in section 6222 of PL 107-110.
During past school years, we have used these federal funds to provide intensive, rigorous, and supplemental professional development for teachers in implementing, monitoring, and evaluating effective writing strategies. The professional development activities provided are always scientifically research-based and designed to enhance student performance. Our schools consulted with experts from Core Connections to ensure that teachers received on-going training and support in improving the instructional delivery of content in the area of writing.
The anticipated outcomes were for 70% of students in grades 4, 8, and 10 to score at or above a level 3.5 on the FCAT 2.0 Writing assessment. Actual outcomes for the 2014 FCAT 2.0 Writing assessment indicated that 10th grade met this goal, with 71% scoring at a 3.5 or greater. For 4th grade, 63% scored at 3.5 or higher. For 8th grade, 54% scored at 3.5 or higher.
Prior year strategies have been effective at improving student outcomes, but project activities are specifically designed each year to meet needs identified through an analysis of data and an intensive needs assessment process. Federal, state, and local programs are coordinated and integrated in order to best meet objectives.
For the 2014-15 school year, Gilchrist County Schools are utilizing federal funds under Title VI, RLIS to support supplemental, differentiated, data-informed instruction in reading, math, and writing through the use of Achieve 3000 and Renaissance 360. Additional information regarding these services is available at each school site.
If you would like additional information on this year project, please contact your child's school. In addition, your school guidance counselor can provide you with some ways that you can be involved in your child's education and continue to help your child at home in meeting their grade-level expectations.