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Academic Support

Increase Allocation Funding Opportunity (Summer 2013 Fund Code: 625)

To:
FY13 Academic Support Summer Allocation Grant Contacts and Superintendents
From:
Rachelle Engler Bennett, Director of Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Date:
April 29, 2013

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Please note that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) will now redistribute unclaimed Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (FY13) Academic Support funds. These funds will be available to FY13 grantees as allocation increases, to be used for new or increased summer 2013 Academic Support grants (Fund Code 625), upon request on a rolling basis until all available funds are encumbered.

Districts that applied for fiscal year 2013 Fund Code 625 grants (for 7/1/2013-8/31/2013 services) and/or Fund Code 632 grants (for 9/1/2012-6/30/2013 services) may request to increase their allocations by $4,500 (for use during July-August 2013). Approved private special education schools and collaboratives that submitted either or both of those grants may request to increase their allocations by $1,500 (for use during July-August 2013). If desired, grantees can request to increase their allocations by less than those amounts. To request these funds:

  1. Email to achievement@doe.mass.edu:
    Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
    a completed Allocation Increase Request Form AND
    Download MS EXCEL Document
    new or revised summer budget/budget narrative pages.
  2. Mail to the Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL) Unit a new or revised Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document Fund Code 625 Part I Signature Page (see address on form).

Requests will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis, and the total number of requests may exceed available funds (a total of approximately $150,000), so please submit the required forms as soon as possible. A note will be posted in the Academic Support News section when all funds have been requested. We anticipate that this year all available funds are likely to be requested before mid-May, but it could be sooner or later. All applicants for the increase will be notified of approval status within approximately two weeks of submission.

The purpose of these supplementary funds is to create or enhance summer academic support in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science and technology/engineering for students in the classes of 2003-2017 who are participating in summer MCAS Academic Support programs, in order to help these students meet the Competency Determination for a high school diploma. Programs may use the funds to create, increase, or enhance services. Additionally, one of the priorities of these supplementary funds is to utilize the Commonwealth's new Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) to create a framework for planning and identifying future effective academic support programming.

Information concerning the EWIS is available through Edwin Analytics. EWIS reports, including the student-level reports, are available through Edwin Analytics in the security portal. Contact your district directory administrator for access to Edwin Analytics. Additional information concerning the implementation of early warning systems is available at the Download PDF Document National High School Center of the American Institutes of Research

Eligible lead applicants are school districts, approved private special education schools and collaboratives that will be running summer 2013 Fund Code: 625 and/or ran school year 2012-2013 Fund Code: 632 Academic Support Allocation Grant programs. If applying with partners who are also eligible entities, the proposal may request the combined amounts of the eligible entities.

Fund use may include, but not necessarily be limited to: stipends for teachers and partners to implement and plan activities in the summer program(s); program-related professional development; relevant instructional materials and resources; and transportation, if needed, to enable student participation in services.

Please contact the Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL) Unit via achievement@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3010 with any questions you may have.



Last Updated: May 1, 2013
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