Department of Education Announces $1M for Two Knox County Schools

Nashville, TN – Members of the Knox County Legislative Delegation and Education Commissioner Timothy Webb are proud to announce two Knox County Schools have been awarded $500,000 Title I School Improvement High School Redesign Grant to improve student achievement.

“We are excited that each of these schools and district’s decided to embark on a new path to success for their students,” Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. “There will be challenges in meeting the new standards set forth by the Tennessee Diploma Project and we want our students to have the best tools in preparing themselves for the future.”

In order to receive the grant of up to $500,000, each school submitted a substantial redesign plan using the Eight Elements of High School Improvement: A Mapping Framework provided by the National High School Center as the research model.

Each district’s plan for its school was required to focus on meeting federal grant measurable outcomes:

To substantially redesign high schools to meet new standards and prepare students for the next level of schooling
To improve student proficiency and increase the number of schools that make AYP
To use data to make informed decisions and create a system of continuous feedback and improvement
To sustain redesign and subsequent improvements without assistance from state or private external technical assistance providers

Knox County Schools receiving the grant include:

Austin East High School $500,000
Fulton High School $500,000