SALEM — Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Fluvanna County Public Schools would be one of 13 school divisions to receive the state Strategic Compensation Grant at an Aug. 9 press conference in Salem.
“This is an opportunity for us to recognize the Middle School staff for fulfilling the goals they have established for the school this year,” stated Gena Keller, Superintendent.
The grant is designed using a tiered approach to compensate for increased student success rates in reading and math at the class, grade and school levels. The total amount awarded to Fluvanna County Public Schools is $212,920 for 65 teachers at Fluvanna Middle School who meet goals related to increased student achievement and school-wide accountability.
McDonnell said in a statement, “Since the beginning of this administration, we have worked to implement reforms to ensure that all children, regardless of their zip code, have access to a quality education.
“These grants move us closer to achieving this goal by rewarding excellence and leadership while providing incentives for good teachers who take on challenges in the schools where they are needed the most.”
The classroom teachers and collaboration teachers of English and math have the opportunity to receive up to $5,000 in compensation. One of the unique aspects of this grant is that all teachers in the building have an opportunity to be compensated. Compensation will range from $500 to $5,000 per teacher.
There are targets built in for each grade-level and the school. In order for teachers to be eligible, they must have a final evaluation rating of exemplary or proficient.
An additional component of the grant is that it gives school teams the opportunity to strengthen their collaborative model by providing professional development focused on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).
The middle school staff will participate in a book study and work with consultants to develop student-centered problem-solving teams to better help students meet achievement goals.
Achievement goals were developed based on the Federal Annual Measurable Objectives (FAMO) defined by the Virginia Department of Education as determined by student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments in reading and math.
A second feature of the grant is the expectation that all students will show growth in reading and math achievement during the school year.
- 10 percent reduction in the SOL failure rate for reading or math.
- 65 percent of all students will make typical growth as measured by the NWEA
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment for the 2013-14 school year.
This is the second time Fluvanna County Public Schools has received a compensation grant from the Governor’s Office. During the 2011-2012 school year, Fluvanna was part of the Performance Pay Pilot Initiative. Teachers who participated in this pilot received additional compensation of up to $3,000.