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16 Valley schools eligible for performance awards

February 16, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH,Staff Writer

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.

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The $100 million Certificated Staff Performance Award program is one of three award programs promoted by Davis to give schools incentives for improving the academic achievement of every significant group of students.

Awards will go to full-time certificated employees, including classroom teachers, principals and other certificated school staff, at the most-improved schools.

Eligible schools must apply to the state Department of Education to receive awards. The awards are expected to be announced in late spring, after final data on school eligibility and qualified staff is collected by the department.

The Governor's Performance Awards, a $227 million program announced earlier this month, provided 4,502 schools with $63 per student as rewards for achieving the schools' growth targets on the API. A school's growth target is 5 percent of the difference between the school's previous year API score and the statewide target goal of 800.

By early April, school site recipients of the Governor's Performance Awards will be rewarded with money to be split between the school site and all full-time staff at the school, under a one-time, $350 million School Site Employee Performance Bonus Program.

For a full list of schools eligible to apply for Certificated Staff Awards, see www.cde.ca.gov/psaa/awards.

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