Batavia Local Schools is one of 538 schools in the state of Ohio who has chosen to participate in Race to the Top (RttT), a competitive grant program designed to encourage and create the conditions for education innovation and reform. Among the goals of RttT are achieving significant improvement in student outcomes, including making gains in student achievement, closing achievement gaps, improving high school graduation rates, and ensuring student preparation for success in college and careers. RttT’s work is centered in the following four assurance areas:
- Standards and Assessments: This includes the adoption of internationally benchmarked standards and assessments that prepare students for success in college and the workplace.
- Data Systems: This includes building a data system that measures student success and informs teachers and principals how they can improve their practices while analyzing student data.
- Great Teachers and Leaders: This includes recruiting, developing, retaining and rewarding effective teachers and principals. It also calls for changes in teacher and principal preparation and training programs.
- Lowest-Achieving Schools: This particular assurance calls for aggressive action to be taken in turning around persistently underperforming schools. (Batavia does not have a school that fits this category.)
Click on the Race to the Top tab to view the work in which Batavia has been involved. The Scope of Work for Year 2 is posted as well as several other pertinent documents. If you have any questions about this important work, contact Shari Grant at email@example.com.
Batavia Local Schools is one of 24 Ohio school districts to receive this federal five-year grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and Battelle for Kids (BFK) has partnered with the 24 schools to help support the OTIF work. The goals of Ohio TIF are the following:
- Ensure all students graduate from high school college- and career-ready and with a strong sense of purpose.
- Achieve college attendance and completion rates that are among the nation’s highest.
- Eliminate achievement gaps among under-represented student groups.
Through grant funds, Batavia’s teachers, principals, and certified paraprofessionals are eligible to earn additional compensation based upon established award model goals. The overall focus of OTIF is to support a larger strategy to improve student achievement and ensure all students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.
Click on the OTIF link to view important documents and information about Batavia’s involvement in this grant. For more information, contact Shari Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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