Nine low-performing school districts eligible to share in $55M of federal money

TRENTON – The state reported today that nine low-performing school districts – including Newark, Camden and Jersey City – will be eligible for up to $55 million in federal School Improvement Grants.

“Intervening in our lowest performing schools is one of the most important things we can do to ensure that all students in New Jersey graduate from high school college- and career-ready,” said Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf in a release. “We must be willing to take drastic steps to help our most vulnerable students, and these new funds and changes at the school level will give these students a real chance to succeed.”

In order to receive SIG funds, schools must implement one of four federally-approved models: Transformation, Turnaround, Restart, or Closure. The nine schools announced today will each implement the Turnaround or Transformation model, Cerf stated.

The models have some major elements.

The Transformation model requires that the district replace the school’s principal, unless that principal has been hired in the last two years as part of a reform effort. The Transformation model also requires schools to extend learning time for students, use student data to inform instruction, and implement strategies such as financial incentives, increased opportunities for promotion and career growth, and more flexible work conditions to recruit and retain high-quality staff. Four schools will implement the Transformation model.

The Turnaround model is similar to the Transformation model, except that it contains an additional requirement to replace no less than 50 percent of the staff. This year, five schools will implement the Turnaround model, the Education department reported.

2011-12 SIG schools:

District

School

Model

Camden City

Camden High School

Turnaround

East Orange

Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts

Transformation

Jersey City

Lincoln High School

Turnaround

Lakewood Township

Lakewood High School

Transformation

Newark

Avon Avenue Elementary School

Turnaround

Newark

Barringer High School

Transformation

Newark

Hawthorne Avenue School

Turnaround

Paterson

Rev. Dr. Frank Napier, Jr. School (Number 4)

Transformation

Paterson

Number 10

Turnaround

2010-11 SIG schools that have been renewed for 2011-12:

District

School

Model

Camden City

US Wiggins Elementary School

Transformation

Camden City

Cramer Elementary School

Transformation

Essex County Vocational

W Caldwell Vocational

Transformation

Jersey City

Fred Martin No 41 Elementary School

Turnaround

Jersey City

Henry Snyder

Turnaround

Newark

Shabazz High School

Turnaround

Newark

Central High School

Transformation

Newark

West Kinney Alternative

Transformation

Newark

Dayton St Elementary School

Transformation

Roselle Borough

Abraham Clark High School

Turnaround

 

A full list of eligible schools and requirements of the model can be found at the link below:

http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/grants/gropps2.pl?string=recnum=01561&maxhits=1

Nine low-performing school districts eligible to share in $55M of federal money