W.Va. Counties Race to the Top of National Competition

December 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Six West Virginia counties are included in 61 proposals selected as finalists for federal Race to the Top – District funding. If chosen the counties will receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to adopt new school-wide standards, promote student growth and recruitment, or other improvements.

Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne counties were selected as part of the North Central Educational Service District 171 proposal including multiple states and West Virginia’s Regional Educational Agency 2 (RESA).

“RESA 2 is excited to be working with the states of Washington, New Mexico and Arkansas to implement innovative opportunities in the area of career and technical education for students in rural areas,” said RESA 2 Director Dee Cockrille. “This project will create many options to bring students, educators, industry and business together in a meaningful plan to engage students in personalized learning opportunities to meet the demands of the new economy.”

Launched by the Obama administration, Race to the Top – District will invest nearly $400 million in schools to improve quality and performance. Applicants must meet a specific list of requirements to be considered for the grant. All finalists demonstrated a plan to significantly improve core assurance areas, personalize support and tactics for students, increase effectiveness and promote the growth of student preparation for college and careers.

Race to the Top – District rewards school district levels that are leaders in education reform. Four major reform areas of Race to the Top are the adoption of standards that prepare students for a post-secondary career or education, a data system to measure and inform of growth in the school, recruitment and retention of teacher and principals, and turning around low achieving schools. As many as 25 winners are expected to be named to receive the grant from the list of finalists by the end of the year.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at (304) 558-2699.

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