Gov. Gray Davis announced Thursday that 1,185 elementary schools, 129 middle schools and 32 high schools have met eligibility requirements to apply for the Governor's Certificated Staff Performance Awards.
In Imperial County, 16 schools are eligible — 11 elementary and five middle schools. No Imperial County high schools are eligible.
The highest-performing schools among those eligible, about 300 schools, will receive awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 per teacher.
To be eligible to apply, schools must have demonstrated improved student achievement for two years on the SAT-9 statewide tests and achieved double their target growth on the 2000 Academic Performance Index.
"I'm proud of the hard work by teachers at so many California schools. I am particularly pleased that 1,346 low-performing schools have shown such dramatic improvements," Davis stated in a press release.