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2 districts get grants to aid struggling schools

2 districts get grants to aid struggling schools

Grant funding announced Monday will help educators at the Broadalbin-Perth Middle School learn to pi

Grant funding announced Monday will help educators at the Broadalbin-Perth Middle School learn to pinpoint topics their students need extra help with and then find ways to address them.

Broadalbin-Perth is among 15 districts sharing in a total of $2.2 million in funding from the state Education Department’s “Commissioner’s Schools” program.

The money is the second installment of grants from a process that began in 2010 with a search for high-performing school districts willing to share their success with other districts.

Five districts, including Saratoga Springs, were initially chosen as example districts based on demonstrating high performance, innovative practices and a culture of accountability for student learning.

“Replication Grants are the second piece of the puzzle. These grants will help struggling schools implement those best practices,” state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. said in a news release. “It’s another step toward giving students in struggling schools more opportunities to succeed.”

With “Replication grants” announced Monday, the example districts will be working with higher-needs schools in need of improvement so they can share their success.

Locally, Broadalbin-Perth in Fulton County received $149,987 and Cobleskill-Richmondville in Schoharie County received $131,180, according to the state Education Department.

Broadalbin-Perth Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said the district’s middle school will be adopting a system of quick assessments employed at the Gorham-Middlesex Central School District’s Marcus Whitman Middle School south of Rochester.

Tomlinson said her district is looking to help students improve their performance on testing, and the effort will focus on difficulties they face early on.

Teachers will learn how Marcus Whitman educators assess student capabilities within eight weeks and then arrange lesson plans to address those weaknesses. “Teachers analyzing results will be recognizing how they must change instruction,” Tomlinson said.

Efforts to learn more information about the Cobleskill-Richmondville plans for its Golding Middle School were unsuccessful Monday. The district will be adopting methods employed at the Carle Place Union Free School District in Nassau County, Long Island, according to the state Education Department.

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