RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today awarded high school innovation grants to 10 school divisions to develop or implement programs that align with graduation requirements and emphasize personalized learning and the use of performance assessments to measure student achievement. The grants are for the 2018-2019 school year. Five school divisions received initial planning grants, while five divisions that received planning grants in 2017 were awarded a second year of funding to support implementation this fall.
Chesterfield County, Cumberland County, Montgomery County, Staunton and West Point will each receive $50,000 high school innovation first-year planning grants. Chesterfield County, Fairfax County, Manassas Park, Radford and Rockbridge County were each awarded $50,000 second-year implementation grants.
“Virginia educators are leading the way in innovative instruction, providing our students with opportunities to gain the skills they need to succeed academically as well as professionally,” said Governor Northam. “These grants will support school divisions as they create and implement programs to prepare our high school students for 21st-century career paths and build upon Virginia’s position as a national leader in education.”
“I applaud the educators in these divisions and schools for their boldness in developing innovations that put students on clear paths to success beyond high school, regardless of whether they go to college or enter the workforce directly after graduation,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni.
The five divisions awarded planning grants for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:
“High school innovation is woven into the Board of Education’s Profile of a Virginia Graduate,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “Innovation to provide the academics, workplace skills, career planning opportunities and citizenship skills students must possess to meet the profile is some of the most exciting — and important — work in the Commonwealth’s public education system today.”
The Profile of a Virginia Graduate is the foundation of the high school graduation requirements that become effective with students entering the ninth grade this fall. The profile describes the academic content knowledge and the skills, experiences, and attributes essential for success in college and the workforce.
The five divisions awarded $50,000 second-year grants to support implementation during the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:
The high school innovation grant program was proposed by the advisory Standards of Learning Innovation Committee and initially approved by the 2015 General Assembly.
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