Two Local Schools Awarded $20k for Reading Gains in 2017-2018

The Alabama State Department of Education recently announced that 50 schools statewide would share $1 million to recognize their efforts in showing the most improvement in last year’s 3rd grade reading results. Two Tuscaloosa City Schools, Tuscaloosa Magnet School – Elementary and Verner Elementary, are among them.

The money, allotted by the Alabama Legislature during the 2018 legislative session, is being shared evenly. Each school selected, including Verner and Tuscaloosa Magnet, will receive a $20,000 check from the ALSDE. In a press release, the agency said it’s a way of recognizing and incentivizing teachers and students who have worked hard to achieve proficiency in reading by the 3rd grade in last year’s Scantron Performance Series Reading Assessment.

There will be a special recognition and awards ceremony on Thursday, September 13, at the ALSDE after the September Alabama State Board of Education meeting. Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama legislators, and other dignitaries will be on hand to personally congratulate all 50 schools.

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