BY EMILY GUEVARA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Six Tyler ISD campuses will receive additional federal funding to improve instruction.
The Texas Education Agency identified Boulter and Dogan middle schools, along with Douglas, Jones, Orr and Peete elementary schools as Focus Schools.
These schools are Title 1 campuses that had the widest gaps between reading and math performance of particular student demographic groups, among other standards.
Title 1 schools receive federal funding for high populations of low-income students.
These campuses will receive $20,000 in additional federal funding to begin identifying instructional interventions, according to a TEA news release.
These interventions will become part of the campus’ improvement plan and need to be fully implemented by 2014-15 school year.
The identification of Focus and Priority schools is a part of federal requirements Texas must comply with related to federal education law.
Previously, Texas schools either made or missed Adequate Yearly Progress, under the federal accountability system.
Now, instead of federal designations for all Texas schools, only 15 percent of Title I schools are being identified as Priority or Focus Schools.
Those schools are subject to certain federally prescribed interventions.
Read more in the Saturday Tyler Morning Telegraph.