Danville High seeks input on plan to boost student achievement
DANVILLE — Danville High School officials are applying for a competitive grant for up to $6 million in federal funding to implement a plan aimed at significantly increasing student achievement.
Now they're seeking the community's help to shape the plan.
Parents and community members are invited to learn more about the grant requirements and the plan and offer their suggestions at the next Viking Roundtable meeting.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Little Theater (Room 230 on the second floor) at the high school, 202 E. Fairchild St., Danville.
School officials are applying for the School Improvement grant through the Illinois State Board of Education. If Danville High is successful, it could receive up to $2 million a year over a three-year period.
"The grant has been offered before to several different cohorts. But this is the first time that we've been able to apply for it," said Phil Cox, an assistant principal who will take over as principal next year.
Cox said the grant would allow schools to implement a transformation plan aimed at improving student achievement. "Our motto has been 'A focus on learning and results,'" he said.
Cox said the plan has three major initiatives, which parents and community members will hear more about on Tuesday. They include:
— Implementing a guaranteed and viable curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core Standards and focused on ensuring that students are college- and career-ready.
— Developing a classroom and schoolwide system of academic behavioral interventions and supports.
— And using data to inform instruction and professional development.
"Right now, we have the (Prairie State Achievement Exam), and we get data back from that. But it's tough to make decisions if you're not getting feedback on a more frequent basis," Cox said, adding officials have some good ideas on additional assessment tools. "We can know what training we need for the staff and what we need for our students."