|The purpose of this non-competitive grant program is to fund specific strategic initiatives that will improve the state's lowest achieving schools and districts, and support their continuous cycle of improvement.
This grant program is aligned with the state's overarching goal:
- To prepare all students for success after high school
These grant funds will contribute to that goal by supporting the following state strategy:
- Turning around the lowest performing districts and schools
Eligible schools and districts will be able to apply throughout the year as needs emerge and funds become available. Applications are only accepted from schools and districts that have demonstrated financial need through multiple criteria determined by the Department, including ongoing communication and interaction with the Department relative to school and district accountability status and ongoing data analysis.
The grant is available to fund activities relative to coordinating curriculum and assessment needs across the Five District Partnership of Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, and Winthrop Public Schools.
Grant applicants must: 1) describe the accomplishments of the Five District Partnership and its progress toward meeting its goals, including the role of the Executive Administrator position in these efforts; and 2) describe the goals, activities, and expected outcomes planned for FY 2016, including identification and description of early evidence of change, intermediate benchmarks and long-term evidence of success to monitor progress toward the grant program goals; how the Partnership and the Executive Administrator position will be monitored; as well as how the project will: a) align with one or more of the Massachusetts District Standards & Indicators, b) share promising practices beyond the participating districts; and c) document accomplishments.