Mojave to get funding to hike test scores

first_imgSchools that submitted applications were then randomly selected using a process that took into account statutory requirements for geographic and grade-level distribution. Most participating schools will be required to create smaller class sizes, high schools will be required to decrease the student-counselor ratio to 300-to-1 and teaching staff in all schools must participate in professional development. Schools in the program must exceed their API growth target, averaged over the first three years of full funding. Schools that continue to meet the program and achievement requirements shall be funded annually through the 2013-14 fiscal year. Mojave Elementary is in the bottom 10 percent of API rankings, but its scores have been improving. The school’s API score was 637 in 2006, up from 592 in 2005. “We are improving by leaps and bounds. We can’t fathom that we wouldn’t meet the goals,” Fowler said. Fowler said she plans to spend the money on continuing to provide teacher training and maintaining the small class size of 20 students per room. The funding will come from the Quality Education Investment Act, which was part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the state Department of Education and the California Teachers Association against the governor and state Department of Finance for failing to restore education funding as promised. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – Mojave Elementary School is among the 488 low-performing schools in the state that will receive a share of $2.7 billion over seven years to boost student achievement. The 338-student, K-3 school will receive about $500 per pupil over that period, and the first year’s allotment will be more than $111,900. “When someone is offering $500 per student, it’s hard to say no,” Principal Kathi Fowler said. “We talked about the loopholes and sanctions that might be involved, but again at my site, it could be up to $175,000 a year over seven years.” Schools eligible for the new funding, made possible through legislation passed last year, were schools that were in the bottom 20 percent in Academic Performance Index rankings. last_img read more